1. GENERAL HEADING: Improvisation
2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Imagined Activities"
3. GOALS: To build concentration and alertness; Public Solitude; imagination
4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 4 to 5 students simultaneously, but working independently.
5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: None
6. CLASS TIME NEEDED: 10 to 15 minutes.
7. STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION: Imaginary activities are akin to pantomime, but without exaggeration. Students should be told to complete the activities exactly as they would in "real" life. Sonia Moore differentiates between two type of activities: Whole Body & Fingers and Hands.
- Make a bed
- Dig in the ground
- Clean a room
- Plant a tree
- Wash the floor
- Do the laundry
- Pack a suitcase
Fingers & Hands:
- Thread a needle
- Paint a picture
- Make a salad
- Peel a hot egg
- Scramble eggs
- Open up a lock w/key
- Wash your face
- Sew a hem
8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION, DISCUSSION: The importance of concentration; Public Solitude; and Observation.
9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Sonia Moore, Stanislavski Revealed. NYC: Applause Theatre Books, 1991. I. Sudakov's essay "The Creative Process" in Toby Cole's Acting: A Handbook of the Stanislavski Method, NYC: Crown Publishers 1955.
10. ADDITIONAL READING: N.A.
11. VARIATIONS: Unlimited