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Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Four

  • 1.  Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Four

    Posted 03-30-2020 22:45
    Distance Ensemble Experiences for Theatre Educators and their Students Session Four
    March 31, 2020
    The experiences detailed can be used for Warmups, Collaboration, Cool Downs. Students experience the 21st Century Skills-Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration (by distance). I do not teach Theatre Games, because games indicate a winner and loser. In Ensemble Experiences, each participant is a winner. We work with Objective, Obstacles, Tactics and articulating participant's thoughts and feelings with Reflective Inquiry.
    For Distance Learning, students need be seated so that you can see each. Later you will ask each to stand; they need to stand with some open distance for movement. It is great if students can view all of the participants.
    Educators, you have permission to tweak any experience to fit your needs. Enjoy.
    *P=P-I PERFORMANCE EQUALS POTENTIAL MINUS INHIBITORS
    An actor is invited to address any inhibitors prior to the experience.
    Ensemble based learning/cooperative learning/make your partner look good-even at a distance.

    **4 Up. (I give credit to Viola Spolin.)
    Everyone sits. It is important for all actors to be able to see each other.
    Objective:4 people stand at the same time; The standers count silently 1 thousand 1, 1 thousand 2, then sit down. 4 more stand up. A student may stand as often as they feel that they can add to the ensemble.

    Discuss Obstacles. What happens if 5 or more stand? Some actor/s must help the ensemble achieve the objective.
    After trying the experience for a short time, stop and discuss tactics.
    Note to teacher: If you find some student is hesitant to take a stance, you can coach.
    After three minutes, reflect on tactics they used.

    **Shake it Greeting
    It is important for all actors to be able to see each other.
    Teacher assigns each actor 4 partners, for instance actor #1 meets actor #14 then finds actor #5 then seeks out $10 then #2 and vice versa.
    On the teacher's signal actors look at their first partner and asks 1 silly question and each gives a fast response. Direct them to listen carefully to the answer. (Teacher, you can tell them the question to ask) The first partners create a finger shake dance;
    On a signal, actors find their 2nd partner; ask a different silly question and create a toe shake.
    Upon a signal, actors find their 3rd partner and ask a different question and create a head shake;
    One a signal, actors find their 4th partner, ask 4th question and create a full body shake.
    Teacher, have them go to each partner in order (upon your signal; have them repeat their partner's answer then perform the physical movement; then wait for teacher's signal.
    Teacher, after a couple of rotations from 1st-4th partner, alternate the order of partner numbers; give them time to share their partner's answer and perform the physicalizations.

    After some rotations, it will become muscle memory. Relate the process of rehearsal to performance.
    Direct discussions as to obstacles and tactics that they employed.

    Celebrate by allowing them to demonstrate their duos physical creations.

    I hope that you are able to use the Distance Ensemble Experiences.
    More Ideas this week.
    Gai Laing Jones

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    Gai Laing Jones
    gai.jones@sbcglobal.net
    www.gaijones.com

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