This improv game is in the following improv game categories:
Laban was a movement theorist, and this exercise is
based on (a simplified
form of some of) his ideas. Take 3 categories:
- Timing: Sudden or Sustained
- Weight: Heavy or Light
- Space: Direct or Indirect
Then try and make characters that behave/speak following combinations of
the 3 categories:
- punching : sudden / heavy / direct
- slashing : sudden / heavy / indirect
- wringing : sustained / heavy / indirect
- stroking : sustained / light / indirect
- dabbing : sudden / light / direct
- smoothing : sustained / light / direct
- pushing : sustained / heavy / direct
The attributes go with the characters, not necessarily with the actual performer`s body. A heavyset person may move about delicately.
You can introduce this in a fairly simple way, by asking the players to move
about the room, according to directions or orientations:
- be a `horizontal` or `vertical` person
- be downward, or upward
- be light or heavy
experiment with these: be suddenly light (bird taking off from a tree) or
continuously light (be a cloud).
You can do this using different kinds of music. What direction / weight /
movement does a certain song or theme inspire?
Then try to experiment with characters: who or what would be vertical person
be (a general?). What/how would be continuously light person be (stoned?).
Suddenly light (flirty?). See also Fast Food Stanislawski .
Attributed to Keith Johnstone
. See Impro for Storytellers