I am excited to join this forum and community. I wanted to share a recent success story that also leads into a larger and ongoing question I have around how we create virtual variations of the tried and true theater games used to help our communities warm up, get to know each-other and relax.
While leading a dream team cohort of teaching artists in a series of online prep meetings for our six-week (online & live) filmmaking intensive starting next Monday, (45 Oakland youth joining us oh my!) I've been trying out theater games that I've used for years with small variations and then asking the cohort if it works or doesn't in the online virtual space. Here are a few I'd love to share! And I would also love to hear if there are any others that you've tried out that I could include.
Vogue name game! Instead of standing in a circle and doing a full body movement with your name that everyone repeats back, have everyone create a vogue pose centered around their face.
*It is important to note that Vogueing is a culture, a people, and a dance, with a current and historical place in society. (If you haven't watched Pose yet...do so now lol!)
Start by writing out the order in the chat room. I adapted the language to incorporate the walk into the center of the room name game script. So it goes like this.
Strike a vogue pose - "Hi I'm Sagesse"
Everyone then copies the vogue pose - "Hi Sagesse!" and on you go.
Repeating back everyone's name from the top is another variation to add in.
Another game we tried is Pass the Mask. We played this two times. The first time, everyone's sound was muted and the experience was not good. I asked everyone to unmute themselves and we had a much better time. So if you play this one, make sure everyone's sound is on!
Write the order in the chat. Cover your face with both your hands, reveal it with some exaggerated face, cover it again, then "peel" it off and pass it on. The next person cover's their face, revealing the same one you passed on, and then creates a new one and so on. Adding in a sound with the reveal is a way to add on and raise the stakes. With the sound on we could hear each other's laughter, ho's and hum's and it was much fun.
I attended the Creative Imagination Catalyst Series Workshop and those games are awesome online. I've also played with Mirror, and the classic Pass the Story games which work well.
I would love to know if there are other games you've all tried out that are working in this space!?
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