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Exercise, Energiser

Ritual Gesture

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Opening creativity for preparation of acting together; Raise sensitivity on oppression issues; to use human body as a tool of representing feelings, ideas and relationships; to challenge stereotypes and promote empathy

Description of the tool

you’ll make statue on word, but on my sign you’ll add movement (which is coming from the position) and then again on the sign you’ll produce a sound - word, short sentence. Repeat it, repeat it. On my sign, you’ll find someone who is doing a very similar thing to you. When you find your pair, stop but stay together (it must be mutual choice)

Politics (statue). Add movement. Add sound – Find similar one (stay in pairs). Showing each pair (one by one) on big group.
Marriage (statue). Add movement. Add sound. – Find complementary one. Showing on the big group.
Oppression. Find complementary one. Showing on the big group.

Variation - instead of finding similar pair, find someone who is doing the opposite to you (yin & yang).


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Tool overview

This tool is for

16 - 32 people

and addresses

Anti-Racism, Conflict Management

Materials needed:



20 min

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Marija Farmer (on 14 September 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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