In it, I mention a few of the InterPlay forms that I use to loosen up my writing, but I did not describe the forms in detail.
For those who are interested in a little more detail, here are descriptions of the forms I mentioned in that piece.
- Babbling in a Made-Up Language: For 30 seconds talk in a made-up language. Advanced practices include talking in a made-up language in response to a single word prompt or talking to a partner who translates into the local vernacular.
- Big Body Stories: Telling a Big Body Story involves using your whole body to tell a story. Sometimes movement is featured more prominently than words, sometimes words and movement happen together. It is all made up on the spot.
- I Could Talk About: Each person in turn names one thing they could talk about. This repeats around a circle until time is up.
Here is a video of InterPlayers who juggle playing “I Could Talk About” while juggling
Here is an example of InterPlay being used as a improvisational performance form by Wing It! featuring Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, the founders of InterPlay. Yes, it’s all made-up on the spot: music, dance, words, everything.