IMAGES INTO STORYLINE

Choose three images / events from the map and give them names

Move between them, use all that you know, allow all that you do not know to come up

Pay attention to transitions

Transition as a place of potential

Hold the space between where you are coming from and where you are going to

Delay the transition

How do you take yourself from A to B

Do you slide in fade out fall into find yourself in something jump cut slip into leave behind leap forward

Experiment with different ways of staying with something and moving on

Tell diverse possible stories to a partner

As you are pouring the weight, report what is happening in your body

Report every minute change, shift, movement

Report as the things are happening, not before and not after

Variation 1

Play with the timing

Play with the voice

Variation 2

With a partner

Doer moves with eyes open and reports everything what they do

Witness has their eyes closed and follows the reporting physically

The aim is not to teach the other a phrase or get it right

What is it then?

Try out: the doer having their eyes closed, the witness eyes open

What opportunities for choice making do open eyes bring?

How can you engage with the space and with the time?

Change roles

Variation 3

With a partner

Doer moves with eyes open and reports everything what they do physically, on the level of actions, movements, materiality of the body

Witness has their eyes closed and follows the reporting 

Change roles

Variation 4

Doer moves with eyes open and reports everything what happens in their imagination

Witness has their eyes closed and follows the reporting physically

Change roles

Variation 5

Doer moves with eyes open or closed and reports everything what they do both on the level of action and imagination

Witness has their eyes open or closed and follows the reporting physically

Change roles whenever you want to

Can you build a story together?

Pour the weight, connecting the pouring of the weight to your breathing

Breathe out through your mouth

Allow the breath to sound

Add vowels

Add consonants

Add syllables

Allow the words to form, changing their form in middle of the formation

Can you get surprised by the words that come from your mouth?

Partner work

Face the partner and speak at the same time the same thing

You share the words; the words form in between the two of you

There is no leader

Experiment with space: how close, how far away from each other you are

How can it become more than an exercise?

Improvise with any of the tools

Draw the map of your journey

Write down types of the movies: drama, horror movie, comedy, action movie etc.

Dance your map as a drama, as a horror movie, as a comedy…

How do the qualities of your dancing change? Rhythm, spacing, textures, accents, emotionality

See everything what you have done in an improvisation as if it was a movie in which you are starring the main role. See the film in reverse, from the last thing you did until the first one.

Map 1

Place your pen down somewhere on the piece of paper, and let it move 

Keep moving on / passing by

When a memory of the experience arises in the body, depict it through the movement of your pen. What tools do you have? (time, space, texture, abstract into a drawing, into a word, emotion)

Allow for the moments of not knowing when the pen is moving on

When finished, find a partner and place the pen somewhere on the map and speak from this place: where you are, what you feel, what you think, what you do; keep passing by in the landscape of your map describing what you sense, feel, think and do

Allow for the blending of imaginary and waking realities

Allow for the blending of the time and the space

Partner is listening and observing what arises in the realm of their body

Map 2

Place the pen down somewhere on the piece of paper with a memory of an experience

Feel it now in your body and find a visual way to depict it on your map

It has a beginning and an end

Find another place and depict the second image-memory, as you are drawing it, feel it in your body

When done, tour guide the partner through your map

Partner is listening and observing what arises in the realm of their body

Map 3

After an improvisation, start automatic writing – in the present tense – about your experience

Depict sensations, feelings and emotions, thoughts, and actions

When writing establishes itself, shift from writing as meaning into writing as form and further into inviting images and abstract forms to infiltrate writing

Shift completely to drawing a map, allowing the words to open up for the flow

Read your map to your partner, use the written words and the drawings to speak

Partner is listening and observing what arises in the realm of their body

Map 4

Lay out the map in the physical space, walk with the partner through the actual space and describe what you are sensing, feeling, thinking, and doing

Observe the images from different perspectives without doing them

Shift from describing to describing moving and then moving without words

Partner is listening and observing the movement, while observing what arises in the realm of their body

Map 5

Follow any of the above-mentioned ways of drawing maps

Your partner and not you re-enters the map, and moves with it

What new perspective do they offer to your own exploration?