The magic envelope︎︎︎
Many artists in dance and theatre use scores in a variety of ways. Some techniques cultivate a group connection or build compositional ideas. Others offer structures for performing improvisation. One of the challenges in using scores is finding the right balance between enough structure that you feel free to move, but not too much that you feel restricted.

Below is a small list of concepts and scores that can be printed on a small sheet of folded paper and placed in a large envelope. A finite group of participants is selected to participate. The group chooses two folded papers and applies the concepts to the improvisation.The group should not discuss ideas, just take a few seconds to be in the space and go. It’s also useful to include a finite amount of time. It's fun to make up your own, but here are a few ideas: melody, rhythm, spatial relationship, movement language, contrast (time, space, dynamic), story, flow (continuous action, relationships), one focus, sound drives, gesture, obstacle, object, conversation, kinesthetic response, image, one arm, no arms, attraction, repulsion, no content, collaboration, chaos, control, one solo, face up stage when still, speak when still, only straight lines, only curves, secret, family, animal...

︎︎︎from Rob Kitsos