Robert de Niro
‘Are you talkin’ to me?’ One of the most famous lines in cinema history wasn’t in the script, but improvised by method star Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver.
A prodigious improviser from infancy, the teenage Mozart once improvised an hour-long fugue from a single phrase suggested by the audience ‘astounding even the greatest connoisseurs.’
Canvas-splatterer-in-chief Jackson Pollack raised improvised painting to a fine art.
In an era of cookie-cutter-comedy where laughs come pre-scripted, Eddie Izzard proves some of the most wonderfully off the wall material is off the cuff.
Rule breaker and convention-stretcher, Russell Maliphant improvises heart-stopping dance that unfolds in the moment.
Improvisation meets meditation under the fingers of Keith Jarret, the improvisational pianists’ pianist.