A Sample Acting as Movement Therapy Session and Acting Exercises
A one-on-one Acting as Movement Therapy session lasts approximately one hour. During that time, the participant and teacher warm up the body, mind and spirit through acting exercises. There are literally thousands of acting exercises. Here are a few examples:
- The mirror game - one player (the leader) starts a movement and the other player (the follower) joins in. The goal is to move as a mirror so that someone watching would not be able to tell who is the leader and who is the follower. The advanced part of this game is to switch leader and follower while moving.
- Fake opera singing - instead of saying lines, sing them with a loud, exaggerated voice, imitating opera singing with gestures that are big and broad.
- Yes/No - A verbal tug of war with these two words. One person is yes, the other person is no. The objective is to get the other person to agree with your word. The words become infused with gesture and inflection as the game goes on.
Following the warm up exercises, work begins on dialog and gesture, experiments with the objectives and intentions of the character, and rehearsal of the material, e.g., Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The rehearsal is evaluated and repeated making improvements with a continued attitude of experimentation. If a performance is scheduled, the experimentation ends a few weeks before the performance date, so that the rehearsal process becomes more about refinement and less about experimentation. Performing for an audience can be a useful tool, but it is not necessary for all acting as movement therapy participants.
The following video is Behind the Scenes footage with Dr. Bloom, an Acting as Movement Therapy participant who is demonstrating a few acting exercises.