The Sound and the Fury

This was/is a "New Game" that became an integral part of our repertoire for "warm-up" games. And it's fun, too.

Players stand in a circle. The first player, randomly assigned (it might as well be you) makes a gesture (the "fury" part of the game) and a sound (the, um, "sound" part).

The gesture should be a whole body kind of gesture. And the sound some accompanying oral reflection of the significance (or lack thereof) of the sound. And then everybody, simultaneously, does exactly the same thing.

And then the next player goes. And then everybody repeats the movement-with-sound. And then the next player goes. On and on, for at least several rounds.

It's amusing, at least, to see your gesture repeated in such grand and unanimous manifestation. Taking a few steps forward makes everybody else take a few steps forward. Turning around, snorting and kicking likewise. It's also amusing to create a gesture and noise that will look silly when everybody else does it. As it is amusing for everybody else to see you making the silly gesture and noise.

And so the game goes, on, and actually on, each person taking a turn, everybody simultaneously mirroring back the exact motion and sound. And somehow in the process there's a bridge that gets built between the proverbial ME and the purported WE. An experience of personal/interpersonal wholeness. An extension of permission. An embrace.

It's a kind of release into the other. A kind of letting go. Expressive. Emotive even. But not to be taken seriously at all.