encounter and beats.
last night i had my acting and improv class. after our warm up of swoosh ball (i'm not even going to try and explain it, haha) we did this encountering exercise. we were partnered off, and had to face each other with our hands out and had to touch our partner's hand. one of us had to have our eyes remained closed while the other guided them around the room. it was such an interesting feeling! almost like flying at some points. my eyes kept fluttering a lot, which the teacher said was nerves, but i wasn't really nervous, it just felt weird to be walking around for that long with your eyes closed. you really had to trust the person you were with.
we then did an improv exercise. last night i felt out of if in terms of quick thinking. the ones i did were okay..but i didn't really feel in it. this was also considered an encountering exercise. one person would go up and do any kind of movement. then, someone had to approach them and say 4 things: hello, what are you doing?, how long have you been doing it? and ask them to do something else and leave the scene. this was important to see how we entered and left a scene.
after that, we did some AB scenes. we were given all the same scene and had to come up with a back story and act them out. it was a serious, scene. i think i enjoy reading lines more than improv. my partner and i decided that we were brother and sister and i took our sisters side in an argument. we also had to find the beats of the scene. it took me a while to really understand what he meant by finding the beats. it pretty much means finding shifts or transitions built into the dialogue.
it's funny, every week i get butterflies before class..and think "man, why did i do this? it's such an uneasy feeling." but once class is over, i am so glad i am doing this. it's really good to ruffle your feathers once in awhile.