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Introduction to Intimacy for the Stage

Introduction to Intimacy for the Stage

Nov 11, 2019 7-10 p.m.
Location: OSF at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308
Categories: Hone Your Craft
In this workshop, participants learn specific techniques for accessing their vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on acting exercises to keep partners connected physically and emotionally. It is an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. This class also touches on how to approach preparing for scenes of intimacy in rehearsal, consent, boundaries, your rights, and psychological safety. This is not just kissing or sex scenes. The principles can include the intimacy between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence.

Touching (handshakes, handholding, hugging) through guided contact improv is part of the course. Kissing is not required. While the goal is to explore emotional and physical intimacy, the core concept of this work is Safety, for the facilitation of safe exploration. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to sit out and watch, should they feel uncomfortable or triggered.

While this introductory workshop is geared towards a performer's perspective, participants are welcome from all theatrical disciplines to participate and learn more about intimacy for the stage.