Extended Non-verbal Communication Improvisations
Hi Tony Kishawi here giving you an update on the upcoming workshop that I’m offering, going live to Facebook, a little snippet and sneak preview of my Nonverbal Communication Improvisation session here, I’ll show you the video here so what you can see is some students here that are participating in the workshop, now this was some students I was teaching in my own home hometown I didn’t say that very well and this was their first day, I usually use this exercise as a very good orientation process it gets the students to you know, each other, it breaks the ice get to know each other and so on, so the tasks that they are doing here on the screen is that I’ve been giving them tasks where they say look I’m gonna give you five minutes to rehearse a small presentation back to everybody on shapes so I give each group on shapes, you know your the Round group your the Square your the Triangle like so and so forth. I usually give them a shape to work on because they are working physically in space making shape in space and improvising with that idea so you can see that they’re very large their actions are you know they’re very physical with each other and of course they have to work this way because they’re not allowed to use words to communicate their ideas.
So this is just that alone is enough just to get students to be big and loud and large it’s probably an achievement in itself but there are so many more benefits that I’ve found over the years that I’ve been doing this workshop there’s so many benefits so imagine the opposite scenario here. Just imagine I’ve said it’s a group of students and saying okay I want you to do a rehearsal process I’m gonna give you five minutes where you’ve got to come up with a presentation on the square the circle the triangle all right and they’re gonna go oh this is pretty lame and then what they do is they talk of course like most sessions where you’re allowed to speak and what happens is they get stuck if they’re sitting on the ground they very rarely get up now look at this group here they’re they’re just getting in doing they’re following their friend who said let’s do this I don’t know what shape they’re working with there and it doesn’t really matter but you can see that if buddy said hey help how about we get up and we all walk around and wiggle our backsides light and walk like chickens you can imagine the reaction it’s like no way I’m not doing that or somebody else says okay what about we do this idea and then the response would be you know no that’s been done before now look at the student here she’s looking at the group or both students there are looking at the group next to them thank you why aren’t we being as creative as them what’s going on and the reason is that that group that’s standing looking at each other after three or four minutes have gone past they have been using words so you can easily tell the group’s they’re even looking around going we’re not getting anywhere what’s going on we can’t agree with each other you can see their body language okay so all the others in the group I haven’t not used words and of course they’re large loud and physical so there’s one benefit just in that alone but taking them through an extensive time of Nonverbal Communication allows them to build up a nonverbal vocabulary so their every exercise they do they’re adding to their skills okay so here.
I’m getting them to sit down now and then they do a presentation so we’ll come back, all right there I am again okay.
So there are hidden values which I’d like to point out hopefully you’ve got some time I’ve been talking for five minutes now who’s got time these days to watch these videos eh so I just like to add this because I will give a worksheet downloadable if you’re watching it from the internet but it will take you through the steps that I go through in the workshop and one of the values is the end at the end of the workshop at the end of the two-hour session I tell them okay you can speak now like you know say okay you can relax and of course a lot of gone thank God and they go yeah ba ba up and they talk to their friends and say oh I’m never gonna do that ever again but then there are some students that sit back and just go I like this space you know and they like never gonna speak again and it’s great to see the different reactions to it.
I run a little survey, after they’ve spoken to each other and they’ve got a lot of the, you know, they’ve spoken to each other about what they didn’t didn’t do or didn’t understand. Then I say to them okay we’re gonna do a survey and I usually say “Okay who is the bossy one in the group?” and of course they go no “We’re not bossy you know we’re drama students we we know how to collaborate and not dominate!”, and so I say “Yeah yeah yeah but who was the bossy one?”, and of course they end up volunteering somebody or they put up their hand and say “Yeah yeah I was the one!”, because they feel guilty and I say to them don’t feel bad, I mean that you are valuable in the group you’re the one that was the driving force maybe you’re the one with all the ideas or maybe you dominated the other ideas and so I’m running the survey we got the bossy one then I say who is the one that was mucking around all the time you know the one that couldn’t do the same thing twice because I did ask them to rehearse I did say make sure you know how you start you got a middle and you got an end that was part of their five-minute rehearsal and so I say who was mucking around all the time and of course they usually laugh and it was him yeah you know because they were so guilty and then I asked the last question which was who was the one who didn’t know what was going on we’re just
Then they’re going what are you doing like what do you want me to do so they also get a laugh too because they they were obviously recognize themselves or they get dubbed in by their friends now why would we run this survey well I like to explain to the students that everyone has different values that they bring to the creative process or to an ensemble so I usually use the analogy of the three clowns in the circus for example the bossy one I call the adult clown so they’re the ones that want to get it going come on let’s run through it again does the audience is waiting we’ve got to you know give a good show then you’ve got the clown the red nosed clown the August which is the child clown which I call that always wanting to play never wanting to do the same thing twice always have what if we did it this way very annoying to the others and then of course the last one is the simple clown now the simple clown is best described as Buster Keaton the innocent you know the white face pyrrole and back into the circus tradition so what is the use of somebody who is the simple clown people say aren’t they just a waste of space I mean we always like to have bold gregarious actors up there projecting their voice the bossy one and we’d love to have the comedian we love the clown the audience loves the clown always entertaining but then the simple clown what is that well I find that is the most sensitive actor.
I’d love to work with that actor do you know why because they’re not they have no ego they’re not afraid to show their innocence they wear their heart on their sleeve and the audience will care about that actor so if you’ve got your protagonist in a play I would give that role to that style of actor because if the audience doesn’t care about your protagonist they’re not gonna care about your play your story so that then opens up the eyes I think of the group to realise that you know not the loud bossy ones are the best actors and that they’re the only ones who are going to succeed in the career and the comedian’s well maybe you know they’re gonna go off and be an entertainer in nightclubs or something I don’t know I’m making this up but you could see that everyone has a value even what they think is the quiet shy ones so you’re creating an even playing field within the group within the ensemble and basically this is building a healthy ensemble where they respect each other and will look after each other okay so that’s my end I’ve been going for 10 minutes so thank you if you’ve stayed to the end I thank you and if you want to log on and watch this livestream workshop on the 24th just tick on the event that you’re interested and we’ll send you updates like this one thank you very much for watching don’t forget to share bye
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