Physical warm ups shouldn’t only be about students being prepared and comfortable in their own bodies; rather, they should also be about learning to be comfortable sharing spaces with one another. Three Noses tackles that notion head-on (pun fully intended).
Students walk loosely around the room, with no specific pattern or aim.
The director or a chosen caller will announce a number and a body part (remind students to keep it clean and possible), for example, “3 noses!”
Students must then group up and touch the called body parts together (safety first!).
This can manifest in lots of different ways, for example: “4 right legs,” can be different than “4 legs.” Challenge your players.
To get physically warmed up; to connect with other students in the room and to be aware of space can be shared on stage; to joyfully and generously work together to achieve goals; to accept offers of all kinds, whether physical, verbal or otherwise.
Stress that students should use good judgment and caution when coming together, but that enthusiasm is key. Students should treat the game like a “hot potato” situation—they need to jump on the offer of their fellow players’ nose or leg and joyfully add to it with their own nose or leg.