Type: Improv, Creativity
Purpose: A great improv game for more advanced students. Incorporates elements of improv, gibberish, sound and movement.
- The room is transformed into a bohemian coffee house. The stage becomes a small performance area within the coffee house.
- Ask 4 players to take the stage.
- Assign each player a role as follows:
- Player 1 = Foreign Poet (he/she must choose a specific country to be from)
- Player 2 = Musician
- Player 3 = Interpretive Dancer
- Player 4 = Translator
- The players are going to present a poem to the coffee house audience. Ask the audience for a suggested title for the poem.
- Once the title has been decided, the Foreign Poet presents first. The Foreign Poet improvises a poem from the suggested title using gibberish that resembles the country he/she is from (length should be about 4 stanzas).
- Next, the Musician provides musical accompaniment for the Interpretive Dancer who translates the poem into movement.
- Finally, the Translator translates the poem into English for the audience.
- Encourage the Musician, Dancer, and Translator to mirror the same emotion of the Foreign Poet when presenting their interpretations.
- Consider encouraging the foreign translator to include rhymes into the poem (in gibberish). This will help give it a sense of rhythm.
- If you have a big class and would like to involve more students, consider doubling up on the Musicians and Dancers.
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