Touching You, Touching Me

Hands by Bárbara FonsecaToo many times we witness scenes of talking heads. While there is nothing incorrect about that, it's more exciting to see a scene that involves movement, maybe even....touching. Consider the relationship scene. Couples in real life touch each other, make small gestures of intimacy. It may be holding a hand or giving a pat on the back. However, too many times we watch performers stand or sit and just talk.

Maybe all your relationship experience involves no touching. I bet, though, that for a majority of you--and audience members--touching plays a role in life. You're probably not aware of it, but when you're watching a show and two performers who are acting in love don't touch, it sticks out.

"Most improvisers are not in touch with their bodies...," Mick Napier wrote in Improvise. "They often believe that improvisation is all about the words and the funny, not about the body or the physical."

Physicality is a sure-fire way to help you create more realistic improv. Don't be afraid of a little body contact every now and then. It will definitely help you get out of your head.

What are your thoughts on physicality on stage? Do you ever use body contact to initiate scenes? Or are you a hands-off performer? Please let us know in the comments.

(Photo via Flickr: Bárbara Fonseca / Creative Commons)