* The audience enjoys watching *your* creative process. * In group games, open *out* and share your energy. * Words can limit your expression. * So use silence, too. * Exercise: character transformations. * Everyone gets in a circle * Person #1 enters with a physicality. * They connect to person #2. * Person #2 enters with the same physicality. * They interact for a bit. * Person #1 leaves. * Person #2 changes the physicality to something new. * ... and goes off to find person #3. * Repeat, until everyone's had a chance to go. * This game helps you find out how different physicalities feel. * It also helps you find identical characters to interact with. * You can also interact with elements in the setting/world. * Those elements might be beyond the stage. * The audience feels what you feel, and worries (uncomfortably) if you're in danger. * Say "yes" to things in a way that you're still okay with. * Have aggressive energy. * Aim it *out*, not at each other. * Imagine rubber bands connecting you to your scene partner(s). * Group games. * Aim energy *out*. * Do this even though your instinct is to circle up. * That only aims energy at each other. * Let transformations happen to the group game *when* the existing energy exhausts itself. * (Not before.) * Eye contact is key to 'checking in' with people. * Turn a sound into a vocabulary. * Try to convey feelings, and who you are deep down. * Do this instead of 'signifying'. * (Same reason to avoid words.) * Leave room for *everyone* to do initiations. * It's harder to initiate when you are stock-still. * Gets very 'brainy'. * And also, opaque to the audience. * Work from the body. * Again, this is more visible to the audience. * Also think of this in 'real' scenework. * e.g. "adding emotion". * Note that there isn't a strict hippie/engineer dichotomy. * Nobody pays to watch 'safe improv'. * Singing. * When singing on-stage, pretend you're the best singer in the world. * Don't be timid. * Audiences love this. * Doing a group, eyes-closed soundscape is a great warm-up. * You can use physical connection (like 'leading') to check in with your scene partners. * "We" initiations are useful in group scenes.
Mood: contemplative · Music: none