A tableau or tableau vivant is a representation of a scene. No movement takes place. Students simply take positions to portray the main message of a scene. They freeze in that position for about 30 seconds. (Like a youtube “mannequin challenge” of sorts.)
Join a small group, pick one tableau. When it is your turn, present your scene. While watching other groups present their tableau, discuss/think about what you saw.
Reflection or discussion:
How do you feel if you spend time with your friends in this way? When is it most important to be together this way?
- Portray a scene in which all are friends in the group and they are all enjoying doing the same thing together.
- Portray a scene in which one person in the group wants to talk to one other person in the group privately.
- Portray a scene in which members of the group enjoy being together, but not necessarily all doing the same thing together.
- Portray a scene in which the people enjoy small groups rather than a large group.
- Portray a scene in which the people enjoy talking in a large group.
- Portray a scene in which the people enjoy talking in twos or threes.
- Portray a scene in which one member of the group is introducing a new person to the group. The others in the group welcome this new person.
- Portray a scene in which one member is sad. The others comfort this person in various ways.
- Portray a scene in which members of the group celebrate the good fortune or success of one or two members.
- Portray a scene in which one or more members are trying to be peacemakers among friends who have had a disagreement.