Don’t peek at the text below! This is supposed to challenge your improvisational skills, and we don’t want you to have any clues. Now, turn on some instrumental music and have someone read the prompt below to you while you create movement. Need some instrumental music ideas? Visit this Spotify playlist.
The reader should read this slowly, with plenty of beats or time between each sentence: “Create a shape in high level space. Remember it. Create a new space at middle level. Remember it. Hold it for 16 counts to allow your body to remember the shape. Go back to shape number one. Remember it. Hold it for 16 counts and then go into shape number two again. Now create a shape at a low level. Remember it. Hold it for 16 counts. Now go back to shape number 1 and define how you will move into shape number 2. Don’t just get into shape number 2… actually define a creative transition between the two shapes. Do the same for the transition between shape 2 and shape 3. Think about the pathways your body will use as you go between all the shapes. Think about the quality of your movement as you go between all the shapes… are you moving with strength? Are you transitioning slowly or quickly? Think about your transitions like a process, and your shapes like a product. The shapes should look like we can take a great photo and it wouldn’t be blurry. Now, once you have your shapes and transitions memorized, move through the series in 8 slow clounts. Now try it in 4 counts. Now 2 counts. Try the series again but add rotations, turns, or jumps. Can you do the series while moving through space instead of in one place?”
Once you have your series memorized, ask your reader to now play the role of cinematographer. Send us your video to firstname.lastname@example.org.