Becoming an Ensemble

Posted 24 July 2015 12:00 AM by Genesis

After having only spent two weeks in the program compared to everyone else's three I felt a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the Teen Leaders. I would say that this sense of friendship is a measure of what an ensemble can become. The 60 other teen leaders that surround me have an energy that I am starting to feel within myself. After Week Three I feel as though we are closer to achieving our goal of becoming one body, one voice, one mind.

There are a multitude of ways to push 61 teens towards becoming an ensemble; however, there is a theater game that often comes to mind. This game is one that we have played before during community building. In the game everyone is walking around the space and the objective is that everyone in the room will stop walking at the same time. This game focuses on building a type of communication that goes beyond verbal commands.

I find that this exercise is one that truly pushes the individual to think of those around them. Every time I play this I feel a sudden connection with everyone around me. The energy that each of us harnesses is equivalent to the generation of electricity by a rushing river running through a dam.

The ensemble that we want to create is one that can be compared to a school of fish. Our bodies have to move at the same time, we have to lean on each other and make decisions as a collective. Only through the melding of our minds will we be able to act as a true ensemble. We still have no completely accomplished this feat, but in due time we will truly be functioning as one machine.

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