Leaning May Also Be Learning

Submitted by root on Sat, 06/23/2012 - 19:41

It looks like a schoolyard game played in slow motion. 

Players come together in pairs and hold hands, Then slowly, taking each other's weight, they lean as far away from each other as possible.  With their feet placed tightly together, and heads and upper bodies stretching as far apart as arms (and sense of balance) will allow, each pair makes a sculptural "V"-shape.  Then, still leaning apart as far as they can, each pair sinks down as low as possible and rises up again as high as possible.  Finally, each pair then pull themselves back into the starting position.

Some pairs are playing this game face to face, and some side by side.  One pair is playing the game back to back.  Pairs are undertaking the moves at different speeds and at different rhythms, some with apparent ease and others with a degree of difficulty.

Once a pair have achieved a mutual understanding they pause and begin again, performing the move three times.  This accomplishment allows them to collect two building bricks which they place at the centre of the area where the game is being played.  Other pairs complete their three moves and collect two bricks.  The number of bricks carried to the centre continues to increase as the game progresses.  It becomes apparent that the players are arranging (and sometimes re-arranging) the bricks to create a castle.

The game ends when the players are agreed that the castle is complete.

Notes :

-  before the game begins players are coached in the moves of the game, and taught how to avoid accidents (i.e. both players release their hands and step back on one foot if in danger of falling)

-  in variations of this game players may (i) change partners at will, (ii) change partners each time a brick is collected and placed at the centre, etc

-  in another variation players may invent new ways of performing the move (i.e. different speeds, different angles, etc) each time a brick is collected and placed at the centre, etc.