UUs in Space…
This is a basic acting exercise that encourages participants to experience the space around them. To begin tell participants to find their own comfortable position in the space. They may either sit or lay down, but make sure that they have their eyes open during the exercise. Closed eyes may mean disconnection from the exercise. You will guide the participants to be aware by feeling the world around them. For example:
Sidecoach: Feel ground beneath you (or beneath your feet.)
Feel the ground (chair) on your neck and back. Where do you touch the ground (chair?) Where does the ground (chair) touch you?
Feel your head on the ground. What does the ground feel like cushioned by your hair?
Feel the air around you. Is it warm or cool? Is it humid or dry?
Listen to the room. What do you hear? Is it loud or quiet?
Smell the room. What does it smell like?
You can now let participants get up and walk the space.
Feel how the ground supports you. Is it hold you up?
Feel the air as you move. Are you moving it or is it moving you?
Feel people as they pass you. What do you feel as they go by?
In reverence you should talk about what some of the answers were to the questions above or ones that you have added.
Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.
Great for the themes of: Insight, divinity, mysticism, memory and hope and peace.