Improvising is something that feels incredible to get into when you are in a group, but alone it seems almost IMPOSSIBLE which poses some problems when creating alone... I have found it helps to film the improvisation, but I then still find it extremely difficult to push myself and turn off my judgmental brain as I am constantly wondering which state to try next. The element of surprise is lost which is a shame, but I love the idea that after an hour an a half improv there could be just 2 or 3 wonderful moments to expand upon.
Key points to note
As most people do, I have a bank of moves that crop up over and over again regardless of the character I am exploring. To watch back these improvisations is a great way to find new moves that are still your own and very organic, but that aren't just the 'go to'. I found this very useful when creating my interim solo and final group piece, as I didn't want to become 'predictable Katie' but to surprise myself in the direction I took my work.
Unsurprisingly this has yet to be caught on camera. Watch this space!