We first learned the game ZING POW BOING from Leese Walker of Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. In the game we pass energy (and build energy) around the circle through a network of nonsensical voice/body gestures.
It’s a great way to strengthen an ensemble and generate rehearsal or performance energy.
We decided to subvert the structure as another way to play with competition. Instead of focusing on our connection as a group, we’re pitting ourselves against each other. It’s interesting that this has then proved to be one of the most ensemble-harmonizing exercises we’ve experience in the residency.
The game is evolving. Here’s our latest version: