Prepare to be dazzled, surprised and awestruck as you witness Liberi Di... Physical Theatre, the incredible ensemble of Something
. With no safety net, these stunning acrobats and dancers display extreme trust and fearless talent as they climb, leap and tumble. Are you ready to explore balance and shape in this Family Activity? For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog
and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
In Liberi Di... Physical Theatre's production of Something
, the company employs acrobatics and dance as a means of spectacle and storytelling. In their most recognizable act, the performers create a tower by climbing on top of each other! Compete to create your own towers with a twist.
One box of uncooked spaghetti, one bag of mini marshmallows
Divide the sticks of spaghetti and marshmallows evenly among whomever is brave enough to compete.
Set a timer for five minutes.
Once the timer starts, each person creates a structure using the spaghetti sticks and marshmallows. The goal is to make the structure as tall as possible.
At the end of the five minutes, measure the heights of the towers. The player with the tallest tower wins!
The seven-person ensemble in Something
works as a team throughout the show. Each member of the group has a signature style when dancing, even though they may be dancing the same moves. What is your signature style?
Music player, music, piece of paper, writing utensil
As a family, brainstorm dance moves that you can do and write them down. Maybe your dad is great at disco or your grandmother can bust a move while breakdancing.
One by one, teach each other a move that you consider to be your signature dance move. HINT:
Keep it simple–your move can be anything!
Play the music and experiment with transitioning from one move to the next with the beat of the music.
You are starting to build your family dance! Work together to incorporate some of the following choreographic elements:
- Repetition: Repeat some of your dance moves.
- Style of movement: Vary how fast you move—try moving super fast and then try dancing in slow motion.
- Synchronization: Choose a moment where you all move in unison.
- Levels: Work together to lift one family member completely off the ground at least once during the dance.
Choose a closing pose and then share your whole dance from the beginning.
Capture your family dance on video so you can see how it all comes together!
Challenge One: Balance Something
The performers in Something
demonstrate extreme focus and balance in performing their tricks. Test your balance and see how much you can handle under the pressure of this challenge.
Timer, variety of household objects, such as books, fruit, toys, rolled up socks, plastic bowls—anything you can hold that won’t break if you drop it.
Challenge each other to balance one of the objects on a body part, trying to create the most exciting balancing act for your competitor (e.g. "I challenge you to balance that book on your knee!"). HINT:
If you can balance it for more than ten seconds, the challenge might be too easy!
Repeat with different body parts and objects.
Can you balance more than one object at a time, or while standing on one foot?
Challenge Two: Recreate Something
Liberi Di... Physical Theatre comes to The New Victory all the way from Milan, Italy. Bring the spirit of Italy to your home!
Study the images of Italian landmarks below. Can you name any of them?*
Individually create the shape of each building with your body. Pay special attention to line and symmetry.
Now, recreate the shape of each building as a pair or trio. If you're feeling adventurous, try creating the shape with only one person touching the ground.
(Clockwise: The Colosseum, The Milan Cathedral, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Trevi Fountain)
We invite you to deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites
, Arts Express and Talk-Backs!
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