Improvising Miyazaki


Creatures, spirits and monsters are all around us. They live in our routine, in the shadows of our lives, and in our hearts if we keep them open!

In this class, we will learn how to improvise a full-length play in the style of Hayao Miyazaki. We will use different techniques using the body, music and our collective visual imagination to build world together and bring them to life in front of the audience. The work will also focus on non-linear narrative tools, bringing front and center the way to build stories created by Gael and called Kaleidoscopal Narration. This course will get you to work on your craft, study the stories created in the movies of the Japanese director, and bring your own creatures and worlds on stage in the format Miyazaki’s Kingdom!

The human world can be a dark place, and the best way to understand what it means to be human, is to not be one.

This course will need you to have no prior knowledge of Miyazaki’s movies, but will require homework consisting in watching all the movies of the list over the semester.

List of the movies that are used as main inspiration for the course:

  • Spirited Away
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Princess Mononoke
  • My Neighbour Totoro
  • Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind
  • Ponyo
  • Laputa, the Castle in the Sky

And in lesser extend, but obviously too:

  • Porco Rosso
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • The Wind Rises
Monday Jan 9 to Apr 3 (Showcase on 02/04 as a matinee + evening)
19:00 to 20:30
€ 225,- for 12 classes.
All our classes are accessible.
Location: Sportzaal – Huis van de Wijk de Meeuw (Motorwal 300, Amsterdam)


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Improvising Miyazaki
12-weeks class on improvising in the style of the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki
8 available