Last rehearsal was all games for us! We are using a set of games to create our story, to make our performance a polished improv. The first game was a pop-up factory game, where we experimented with different machines we could make as a group at a very quick pace. Improvisation can be difficult for people like me who like to think before they do something. This game was a step away from that, because there was no time to think. I was able to just jump in and do whatever was needed for each machine at the time.
The second game was probably one of my favorites of the day. We explored what is what like to be water, to become water with our bodies and movements. The ensemble was split into smaller groups at one point in the game, and it was so cool to see how each group came up with their own version of what water could be like. A still, deep pool; a bubbling, rapid stream; a peaceful, yet dynamic cove.
A sort of third game that was part of the second was us interacting as a wolf pack. We identified some of the key events of our story that would take place in that first wolf pack sequence. Each person took on their own characteristics as wolves, their role in the pack and how they would interact with others. We had wolves that were confrontational, wolves that were playful, and wolves that stayed back and observed the others. It will be exciting to see how these wolf characters take shape over the course of the rehearsal process, and how they change.
This coming rehearsal is set for more games that will help us form the rest of our story!