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Crew Spirit Movement Challenge

As an NYC Outward Bound School, you are connected to a bunch of other schools across the city but there is no other school like yours in the whole universe. What sets it apart is your school culture, informed by your school’s mission and core values, and your own special Crews. During the next few days, you and your Crew will demonstrate your core values and unique sense of Crew Spirit. Crew Spirit is the vital principle or animating force within all living things including Crew students. 

Directions

  • The Crew Spirit Movement Challenge will reveal how you and your Crewmates will demonstrate your Crew culture in action through a dramatic arts expression.
  • What type of performance art can best capture the Spirit of your Crew?
  • Consider the performance types listed below and select the best way  for you and your Crew to represent your Crew Spirit. Consider focusing on one or more of your school’s Core Values, or another compelling theme that your Crew is inspired by.
  • Performance Time: 30 seconds

Performance Arts Type Suggestions

  • Dance: Select a piece of music as your soundtrack to help tell the story of your Crew Spirit. Choreograph a sequence of steps and movements that express your Crew Spirit. 
  • Freeze Frame/Tableau: In a freeze frame or tableau, participants make still images with their bodies to represent a scene. A tableau can be used to quickly establish a scene that involves a large number of characters. Because there is no movement, a tableau is easier to manage than a whole-group improvisation and offers some fun possibilities: you could recreate an image of your favorite moment as a Crew, a photograph that inspires you, or a moment from a story that you like. 
  • Spoken Word, Song or Chant: A poetic performance that is word-based. Use word play to express your Crew spirit. Here is an example of four students in spoken word action: Pause TedX Youth Poetry Slam.
  • Dramatic Skit: A short play that is usually comical but can also be serious, focused on a theme.
  • Video or TikTok: Your challenge is to create a video no longer than 30 seconds that represents your crew spirit. For inspiration, check out TikTok Bored in the House.

General Directions/Parameters:

  • Determine a Crew spirit theme: Think about what it looks like, sounds like and feels like.
  • Select your performance type: Dance, tableau, dramatic skit, spoken word (poetry) or video.
  • Collaboration: Each Crew member is expected to contribute something/anything.
  • Create: A performance that represents your Crew Spirit.
  • Title: Give your Crew performance type a title. For example, A Day in the Perseverance Life of a MELS Crew.
  • Performance Time: No more than 30 seconds in length.
  • Video Recording: Record and edit Crew performance. Then submit to your Crew Advisor, who will pass it along to the NYC Outward Bound School Virtual Crew Olympics committee for judging. Final video performance clips will be screened at the Closing Ceremony.
  • Optional Crew Artists’ Statement: Compose a brief statement that explains your creative process and intentions about your video submission. Consider these prompts:
    • What role did each person play in creating your Crew’s spirit movement?
    • What did you learn about yourselves in doing this activity?
  • Video Submission: Your Crew Advisor will upload your submission to a Google folder.
  • Deadline for Submission: Friday, June 12 by 5 p.m.

Logistics/Supplies/Technology

  • Laptops with camera and microphone
  • Smart device
  • iPad or digital tablet

Editing apps

Considerations/Hints: 

Scoring Elements

  • Crew spirit theme brilliance: the theme presented is expressed in a vivid manner through the performance type.
  • Collaborative teamwork (collective participation): all Crew members are strongly encouraged to participate; being Crew, not passengers.
  • Originality/stylistic creativity: the production is unique and cutting edge.

Keep in Mind: 

  • If you are going to dance, dance! 
  • If you are going to create, create!  
  • If you want to do performance art, do performance art! 
  • Whatever you decide, do as a Crew
  • Be you!!!!!!!! 

Inspirational Reading: 

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same but you leave them all over everything you do. 

-Elvis Presley

If you have any questions about the activity, your Crew advisor can contact Edi Juricic at [email protected].

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