Workshop exercise: Gesture imitation

  1. Gesture imitation; In pairs;
    1. B makes a gesture with one arm, while A watches and memorises;
    2. A now imitates B’s gesture.
    3. A and B swaps roles and repeat 1.1 and 1.2
  2. Gesture imitation version B; enhanced by sound; Same drill as above, this time the gesture maker will accompany the gesture with sound, voice, hissing, breathing etc.
  3. Gesture saying yes, and. Same pairs
    1. B makes a gesture 1 with one arm, while A watches and memorises;
    2. A now imitates B’s gesture 1, and add a new gesture 2, inspired by the gesture
    3. B now imitates A’s gesture 2, and add a new gesture 3, inspired by the gesture
    4. 2) – 3) is repeated for 3 – 4 minutes
  4. Gesture loops; plenum
    1. Facilitator explains about time before/ after a phrase, and loops;
  5. Gesture Merging; pairs
    1. A & B both mentally prepare a gesture
    2. At an agreed upon sign, they start looping their gestures, at the same time
    3. While gesturing, they notice the other’s gesture
    4. When ready, at a nod, they start merging each other’s gestures into a common third gesture.
    5. They repeat 5.1 – 5.4 until they drop
  6. Gesture mass merging; break up pairs
    1. A & B repeat step 5.1 – 5.4
    2. This time, they break up, repeating the new third common gesture, venturing out in the world with it
    3. THey each meet a new participant, line up, notice, when ready they start merging
    4. Repeating 6.2 – 6.3 until they drop
  7. Gesture merging, with helper
    1. The group splits up into trios (extras become observers)
    2. A & B do their drill as in step 5.1 – 5.2
    3. This time, C observes, and when having computed a 3rd new common gesture
    4. C taps A&B on shoulders; Theys stop and observe, while C perform the new gesture as a loop
    5. A & B (and a possible observer) now learn C´s gesture;
    6. A new member of the trio is appointed to be helper, and 7.2 – 7.5 is repeated
    7. Until they drop
  8. Gesture mass merging, with helpers
    1. The trios perform 7) again, once. You will from now on have different roles.
    2. A and B will now leave the trio, walking and looping their new gesture, looking for other loopers.
    3. C (helper) will from now on stay in the role as a helper, C will stop do the gesture, and will start looking for new duos, if possible with new members.
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