This is the fourth activity on freedom. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on freedom here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
There is no set limit to this activity as long as there is adequate
space in the room. Must be an even number of participants.
Music is recommended.
Group is split up into pairs. Each pair has one participant labelled A and another labelled B.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
To allow participants to work comfortably with one another without speaking.
A is asked to strike a pose in the room that fills up as much space as
possible. A freezes in this pose while B proceeds to fill in the empty
space around them. This may involve lying on the floor or posing in a
way that is not normally seen. A now unfreezes from the original
pose and steps back to study the pose of B. They then reinsert
themselves around B once more, this time in a different pose. This
sequence continues for some time until the facilitator is ready to
move on to the second stage. The second stage is a development of
the first, again pairs are trying to fill up the empty space. This time
however the poses aren’t random. When A strikes a pose, B must
imagine a scene surrounding that pose and then insert themselves
into the scene. In this way a silent story is built up. The third stage is
when comedy and tragedy is introduced by the facilitator. Comedy
often involves undermining the pose of another, while tragedy
involves the extension and exaggeration of powerful poses. Finally,
pairs are put together so that there are now four in a group. The
activity continues as normal but each pair moves as a single unit.
(One pair freezes while the second pair fills the space).
The reflection for this activity can be short. Participants are asked
how they felt and how difficult they found the ‘no speaking’ rule.