Theater of the Oppressed: Opposites
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Focus and concentration.
Warming up before class or after a break in a longer class. Encouraging use of the body, refreshes students’ bodies and minds.
- Start with encouraging students to mirror the teacher’s movements, introducing a “duo” of movements at a time (e.g. clap and stomp). At first, students mirror the teacher.
- After they get used to mirroring, tell them to do the opposite. When the teacher says clap, they stomp. When the teacher says stomp, they clap.
- Repeat 1&2 for different movement “duos”, including one popular one which is sway or wiggle and stop.
- Do this for 3 or 4 rounds, combining all the movement duos you’ve accumulated.
Can take 5-10 minutes.
Adaptations and examples
You can make this a regular thing you do each class, and encourage students to come up with their on “duos”.