I searched the word “Ninjas” on Thesaurus.com. It said “Ninjas cannot be found”. Well played Ninjas, well played….
Those of you who know Tmesis, may have noticed in my previous blogs I have only mentioned 3 cast members so far, when Happy Hour is in fact, a quartet. This elusive extra person is the “practically mute” dark horse of the show, hence why she has not been named up to this point. Some called her The Pint-Sized Performer, others call her The Mini Grecian Goddess and we know her as Eleni.
Today was Eleni’s turn to lead the warm up and as a woman of few words, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Yet again this was a different experience, working with massage and relaxation and evolving into some group contact improvisation. Like some office team building trust exercise referenced in the play, we negotiated moving one another across the room as a collective.
This gave me a moment to think about the bigger picture here… in a normal situation with people who aren’t necessarily used to working in a physical performative state, this exercise would be somewhat dull and clunky. With Tmesis however the chance to engage like this is welcomed with open minds and bodies. Being a part of this exercise with them, I felt extremely safe as I was back-flipped and sored through the air. This all comes from an ability and willingness to listen with their whole bodies and a massive amount of trust.
Today’s warm up was ideal as it followed nicely into the in depth work Eli wanted to do on the piece. Looking at the “office flow” sections and so on, I began to see parts of the show forming in a much clearer way.
Eleni always brings a big smile into the rehearsal room and just like her character, she does things that perhaps others do not notice. This little ninja has a great perspective on the world, because after all, she is always looking up.