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Gesture, for example, might be used as a means of showing or 'signing', rather than 'feeling', an emotion: within a particular cultural context the 'V' sign will indicate aggression, irrespective of the energy with which it is performed; within another context, the same sign, but with the palm facing away from the body, would indicate victory. (3) Expressive imagery attempts to embody; that is, it seeks to find a physical or vocal form for emotions. (4) Metaphoric imagery involves the student actor in finding a substitute action which might imitate, indicate or express an important element within the event.
1) Select three short fragments of text from a sheet of newspaper. (2) Generate three different movement actions related to an image, say, 'chaos', which can be repeated. (3) Generate three expressive sounds which are outside your normal vocal range. (4) Sitting in a circle, pass one piece of text to the person on your right, one to the person on your left and keep one yourself. Do the same with the movements and then the sounds. Each person should now have an arbitrary collection of nine fragments of material.
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