Mirroring

It’s likely that in your very first improv class, your teacher will have you physically mirror a fellow classmate.  It almost never happens on stage, but it always happens early in classes.  Why?

Our brain is tickled by seeing a group of people doing the same thing.  It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as everyone does it.

It’s an odd reptilian brain response.  We just want to see any outlier conform to a group’s movement.  When it happens, we’re delighted.  It’s agreement at its most basic.

This is not to say we want to see mirroring in every scene or every group game.  But when a bunch of people do the same thing, it carries intrinsic power, no matter how dumb the activity.

Got an improv question?  E-mail me at boilingpointimprov[at]gmail.com

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