21 November 2019 - 23 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ג חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
The Dodot Ensemble perform at the 2019 Manila Improv Fest E-mail

Israel joined the best acts in improvisational theatre from around Asia, and around the world, bringing the Dodot Ensemble to the 2019 Manila Improv Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival ran from 27 to 31 March at the PETA Theater Center, Manila.

Well over 20 shows featured over 50 performing groups from Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Colombia, France, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, Venezuela and the Philippines.

The Dodot Ensemble, consisting of Matan Goren, Tal Zolti, Carmel Neltzer and Elad Yishay, was formed four years ago after its members won the “Improvisation Championship” of Israel and graduated from the Kibbutzim College Acting School. Their act at the Manila Improv Festival was their first appearance in the Philippines.

The troupe was easily one of the crowd’s favourites, and the members shared their “secret” in doing an impressive improv act that could draw connection and laughter from the audience.

“We concentrate on what’s happening and on each other. We always strive to make each other look better and not think too much about what will be funny or what will be interesting. Just be in the moment, react and it’ll come,” said Tal in an interview after their performance.

“Every rehearsal we have different shows, different characters; it really depends on what the crowd gives us. If they say the setting is in a hospital, then our whole story would be in the hospital.”

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