Holding up a Mirror

Holding up a Mirror

This exercise is to give the player a sense of their unity with another person.  To begin the exercise, pair up the participants.  You can do one pair at a time if you choose, but I prefer to have everyone do it together as to not be embarrassed.  Tell them that they need to decide who will be the initiator and who will be the mirror.  Tell them not to worry everyone will get to do both.  Tell the initiator to begin making small movements.  The other person will mirror every movement the initiator makes.  For example:

Sidecoach: Alright initiator ready.  Reflect!

After a few moments

Sidecoach: Change initiators!

Have them change several times and feel free to tell them to start making the movements bigger and use their whole body. If you do this, remind participants the goal is not to do something that the other person can’t do to make them fail.  When you are ready say:

Sidecoach: Choose the initiator on your own.  Keep reflecting.

The participants will shift back and forth without saying who the initiator is.

In reverence, talk about what it was like being a reflection of someone else.  What was it like moving like someone else?  What did it feel like?


Adapted from:

Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.


Great for the themes of: Grace, Transcendence/Transformation, Common Ground and Insight.

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