Weather Orchestra

Description

  • Time

    10-20 mins
  • Group size

    20-500+
  • Location

    Offline
  • Level

    2 (out of 5)

This one is a great tool for getting large scale groups into an active and involved state of mind- connecting with each other through the power of sound.

People can be seated or stood up, making this a very accessible and flexible exercise to bring into a range of settings.

The cherry on top? It doesn’t require any equipment, other than maybe a mega- or microphone for the facilitator to orchestrate the instructions.

Instructions

Ask participants to set themselves up so everyone can see you, the conductor of the rain storm.

Depending on the space & group size we recommend splitting the group into smaller sub-groups. Make sure that groups are closely together in the space.

As facilitator you’re orchestrating the storm by instructing people to engage in making a range of sounds, building up the rain storm as well as letting it calm down again. (You can either let the whole group do each sound all together or instruct each sub-group after another to build up the sound. We recommend the latter.)

Introduce the group to the exercise; you can think of a storyline for this if you’d like to. Make sure they know to keep up the sound/action until you give the next instructions.

  • “I'm going to role model a sound”

  • “I will point to the group who will make the sound after, we're going to build it up.”

  • “Once you're making the sound, you're going to keep on going. Don’t start the new sound until I come back to you.”

Rain storm builds-up:

Guide the group through each level by role modelling the movement. If you’re working with sub-groups, point to them one by one to build up each level.

  • rubbing hands (wind rustling)

  • snapping fingers (light rain)

  • clapping hands (rain getting heavier)

  • hitting legs/thighs (thunder rising)

At the peak of the storm recreate thunder and light by letting the whole group jump all together

  • jumping together (thunder and light)

Rain storm calms down:

Reverse the order to let the storm calm down again:

  • hitting legs/thighs (thunder rising)

  • clapping hands (rain getting heavier)

  • snapping fingers (light rain)

  • rubbing hands (wind rustling)

Then let the group all stop at one time to mark that the rain storm is over.

Optional: let the group give a round of applause to themselves for all engaging and building the rain storm together.

Materials // Remarks

  • You can host this one without any materials; a mega- or microphone is handy to make sure instructions can be heard by all participants.

  • To build the narrative you could think of bringing some props like an umbrella.

  • When using the whole group together: consider using slides to underline and visualize your instructions.

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