Started the session off by dancing, loosening our muscles and then it rapidly developed into us teaching each other different dance disciplines we learnt:
We then began the perception game which involved us placing a water bottle at a significant distance away from us in the room and approaching the bottle with our eyes closed. This game proved to have many interesting results; in some cases we found that our perception of straight lines altered when we could not see where we were going. Additionally this exercise proved to affect our quality of movement. Often if we approached the task with a rapid walk it did not always result in achieving the bottle additionally we seemed to discover that most slow approaches to the bottle would rarely result in successfully achieving the bottle at the end of the line.
We also discovered that even when one of us had achieved the bottle they were unable to find the bottle the next turn they had. This exercise encouraged us to consider our spatial awareness as well as the quality and pace of our movement. Often what was successful for some people was not for the person behind them in the line. A confident approach seemed to result in the most ‘near’ successes however was not the fixed solution. Sometimes it seemed that when we focused to much on the rules of the game ie. achieving the bottle we would have the more significant misses however, when we played the game for real (had fun with the game and made it more into a game rather than a task we seemed to hae more positive results) this game additionally encouraged us to focus as an individual within the game as opposed to the more ensemble collaborative exercises that have dominated many more of our other rehearsals. It was an interesting exercise for us as a company so that we can further develop our awareness as an individual aswell as the group.