“Presence Exercise” (from Jess Curtis)
One partner is “performer” , other is “observer”. Performer can stand or sit but must remain ‘active’, only moving their eyes. Observer sits in front of performer. The score for the performer is to be ‘present’, or ‘not present’.
Add to be present with the space/with your audience/with detail/with another performer. Physical score: sit, stand or walk.
Intention: Comfort with being watched. Consideration of being watched/being ‘present’.
One person is “performer”, other is “witness”.
Score is for the observer to watch the performer for a long period (30mins. 1 hour…hours…) Performer can do anything they want (leave the studio etc).
The witness can choose if they want to respond to/interact with the performer. They can also choose not to.
The witness is encouraged to observe through different ‘frames’, from different distances, heights, positions.
Intention: to consider what it is to give permission to be observed.