The Anything Can Happen Opening
Over the years in NYC, the term ‘organic opening’ became synonymous with ‘sound and movement’ opening. This made me sad, because I held on to this term. I would bring up organic openings it would inevitably have some baggage. Sound and movement openings left some people cold. It was too arty or weird for them. Or perhaps they did like them, but when I tried to talk about organic openings, they would look back at me and say, yeah like a sound and movement opening.
So I’d like to submit for your approval, the ‘anything can happen opening.’ It’s not a sound and movement although it could be. It could also be a pattern game or a series of monologs or short scenes or true life factoids or a song or a modern dance or simulated Disney ride or a group scene or anything else. The point is that you don’t decide what kind of opening you should do, you initiate something based on the suggestion and your team creates a unique opening for that Harold. Anything can happen just like in a group game.
Does an alternate name already exist for the ‘anything can happen opening’? When you hear ‘organic opening’ you think ‘sound and movement’?
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- angiemcmahon said: I never called it Organic…for some reason I called sound and movement openings “whoosh openings” I think that’s cause that is what Paul Grondy called it.
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- khealywu said: Yeah, Shannon teaches organic that way (as she said) and that is how I use the term. I yelled at someone backstage during DCM for calling the 15 min Sound and Movement ‘the organic’.
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- spotastic said: I teach a 12 week ASH class that focuses on Organic openings/Harolds. An Organic Opening means “anything can happen” but I call it an Organic Opening because that is what it is, and it is spreading and less people assume Sound and Movment these days.
- charlietodd said: I think Reuben used to refer to it as a “true organic.”
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