Improv Comedy Icebreaker Games : Improv Comedy Icebreakers: Movement EvolutionOn August 31, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
This is an ice breaker exercise called Movement
Evolution. It goes by a lot of names because it’s a very classic, popular improv warm-up
because it really focuses on listening and repeating. Being really aware of other people
in the group and really accepting their offers and passing them along. So, it’s a great connection
and listening warm-up. So, how it works is you’re going to get the group in a circle,
and one person is going to start with some kind of movement and gesture, and hopefully
a sound effect too. So maybe I’ll go, “Hey Yeah!” (Demo) And that will be the beginning.
Now, what’s going to happen is the person immediately to my right, they’re going to
watch that whole thing and they’re going to try and repeat it exactly as they saw it.
They’re not going to try and change at all. They’re just going to repeat exactly the one
right preceding them. So, they’re going to go, “Hey Yeah!” (Demo) But, it’s going to
change a little bit because people can’t exactly represent movements. So, it’s about this organic
change. They’re not going to try and change it, the change is just going to happen, that’s
why it’s movement evolution. Now, this third person over here, they’re going to see that,
whatever the person right before them did, and they’re going to copy that thing. They’re
going to forget about what the first person did, just focus on the person immediately
before them. “Hey, yeah!” (Demo) And, it’s going to go like that around the circle. Much
faster than that when we do the real demonstration. And, slowly, it’s going to evolve. Whatever
happens, that’s what the movement is. If somebody scratches their nose before they do it, that’s
part of the movement now. If somebody laughs at the end, that’s part of it as well. Every
thing’s an offer and every thing’s an idea. We don’t have a judgment on whether that was
intended or not. You’re just trying to see everything and accept everything. And try
and match it as much as you can. Match your voice and your body to it as much as possible.
It’s a little tricky to see with me, here, by myself. But when different people are doing
the same movement, it’s going to change naturally. Men, women, different heights and sizes. So,
let’s do a little a round of me doing a little movement evolution, see what happens, OKay?
We’ll do a new one. (Demo) You see how these little things get added on and start slowly
changing. It’s a little hard to do by myself because I can’t see myself, and I’m really
good at replicating my own self. But you can imagine what would happen in a group of people.
And the focus is on just being organic. Listening and repeating what they are, not trying to
force your ideas or changes onto the group. It can be really fun. There’s a variation
on it where you can heighten what comes before you and make it a little bigger so it gets
a little sillier. So if I went..(Demo) And so on and so forth and it really gets the
morphan change. That’s a totally different version of the game, but also really fun and
a good energy builder as well as for listening. So, that’s some samples of movement evolution,
and an opportunity to see me look ridiculous, and a great improve ice breaker.