This activity involves people in pairs, with one person mirroring the
actions and movements of the other person.
movement exercises can be most revealing, confronting and rewarding.
"Human sculpting via mirroring" brings body movement exploration into the
dyad. By reflecting body movements of another, several subtle but
complex processes are activated, heightening self- and other-awareness.
Immediate non-verbal feedback exercises in the right time and place have
the potential to be transformational. Other times this can simply be
a fun loosen-upperer.
Works with any size group; split into pairs/couples.
Although it is simple, the activity can be confronting, and requires
mature leadership and a well chosen moment/sequence/program.
Usually make sure the social ice is well and truly broken, and that there
have been other body movement and physical warmup/stretching exercises,
with some laughter and some seriousness.
Offer a demonstration. Invite a volunteer to stand facing you about
half a metre apart. The instructor initiates action, with the other person
Make your movements interesting and slow enough for the
other person to mime as if they were a full length mirror.
Also include zany stretches/contortions to
get a few laughs, especially facial
gymnastics. Include action sequences for tasks like brushing your
teeth. The demonstration helps to loosen up conceptions and
In pairs, one person stretches, the other follows. Then swap after some
Debrief as you see fit.
Variation: Reverse-mirror image. Try following partner's movements
in reverse-mirror image (i.e., swap left <-> right)
The exercise can be done in different ways to emphasize difference
aspects, e.g., for trust-building, drama warmup, ice breaker, etc.
- Finger Dancing
- Kirtans (calling - response chanting)
- Walking in Sync
- No equipment needed, just a place where people can spread out.
Involves people in pairs, with one person mirroring the actions of the
other. Stimulates self- and other-awareness.