There are people who prefer to say ‘Yes’, and there are people who prefer to say ‘No’. Those who say ‘Yes’ are rewarded by the adventures they have, and those who say ‘No’ are rewarded by the safety they attain.
– Keith Johnstone.
Recently, I began taking improv classes (theatrical improvisation), a completely new direction for me. I have not been able to perform as a professional pianist for years now, owing to a health condition, so I was delighted to be able to take part in another performing art, even as a beginner.
What I hadn’t expected was how deep the experience would be for me, and how its principles are seeping into my everyday life– affecting my relationships with friends, family, and students. It is gradually becoming a way of life, a way of being. [···]