Erica Marx Ithaca Improv

Whoosh, Bang, Pow (Groovaliscious)

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Whoosh, bangs, zaps etc. are passed around the circle. Great opportunity to introduce failure bow

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group experiences joy of supporting teammates

introduces failure bow (external and internal)

focus group on group performance, soft focus


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    Introduce each command, demo, practice, add another. Go fast. Mistakes and confusion are part of the fun.

    WHOOSH with both hands in the direction of the next player,
    BANG with your arms held up in an X, and
    POW while pointing and clapping across the circle.

    Groovalicious - Everyone repeats "Groovaliscious!" and dances in place (the person who gave command gives next command once everyone is in new places)

    Freak out! - Everyone changes places (the person who gave command gives next command once everyone is in new places)

    Ramp - Skips one person and "ramps" to the next

    Once you get good at the game, find ways to make it challenging again by adding restrictions or new rules.

    Failure Bow

    First introduce failure bow (circus bow) and embracing and owning whatever you did, no judgement. Demo. Everyone applauds. Failure bow is at the choice of the person who made the "mistake" to step into the circle and receive the support of the group. 

    Shift to internal failure bow - focus now on group process. 


    Large group Variation: If large group play in "islands" -- Freakout causes islands to dissolve and reform. Must go to new island location and reform.

    Try layering another game on top of it — like Exaggeration Circle, where each person passes the sound with the same character/emotion/energy as the person before them.

    You can create themed versions of the game, replacing WHOOSH BANG POW with all Star Wars-related sounds or all Lady Gaga-related sounds.

    Have everyone close their eyes and play the game blind.

    Mid-game debrief

    How is this group playing with risk?


    How did it feel to do the external bow? What did you feel? 
    What was more joyful for you -- supporting others or being supported?
    What was your strategy? / your thoughts when X happened? How is that like how you show up in other areas of your life?


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