As the second step (with the first being choosing and memorizing) towards our monologue performance, Kate introduced us to Realism.
Whether you like to call it Realism or Naturalism (for difference reference here) this style can be explained briefly, if you don’t want to spend your academic career analyzing it, in three points.
- People want things; they act/ take actions to get what they want.
- People use a variety of different tactics to get what they want.
- Desires and tactics change when obstacles are presented.
After that, we did an exercise where we had to basically cause change. By that, I mean that we were paired with a random person and had to use two chairs, one chair per person, with which we should create a reaction. By being unpredictable or too predictable even, by terrifying the other, by dissing him, or even creeping on him each one of us tried to get his pair to change.
Afterward, we were asked to reflect on our techniques of achieving the required result. I realized that the technique I was using was to make my partner (Malene) feel inferior.
Example: MY MOVEMENT->HER SITTING ON THE FLOOR WITH HER HEAD DOWN AS IF SHE DOESN’T NOTICE ME->ME PRETENDING TO BE JESUS OR GOD NY TAKING AS A FACT THAT SHE IS PRAYING.
Lastly, we were again paired but with different people for the last activity of the day. For this one, we were only allowed to say one phrase for one person this was Leave Me Alone and for the other one (me) Let’s Go. Zahra and I within this short time explored different versions of this interaction. Some of our interactions, in the beginning, took for granted that Leave Me Alone implied that the person saying that actually wanted attention, but this slowly developed into an outburst for help.
It was and still is interesting to see the different forms that the same words can take depending on the context.