Intimacy Choreography refers to creating and setting moments of intimacy in theatrical performances. This term was created by Tonia Sina in her 2004 thesis for her MFA in Pedagogy of Movement at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tonia had entered the program in order to become a Fight Director, however, as one of the only females in the cohort, she was frequently asked to choreograph moments of intimacy. She quickly realized that there was no protocol or method for setting this type of movement, but that many of the concepts and exercises for Fight Direction could apply.
In 2014, Tonia, along with Alicia Rodis and Siobahn Richardson founded Intimacy Directors International (teamidi.org). Since then, Intimacy Choreography and Direction (in theatre) and Intimacy Coordination (in film) have leapt to the forefront of the performing arts industry, creating intimate moments on from Broadway to HBO, as well as regional theatre and opera productions around the country.
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At Measure for Measure, we are dedicated to providing an environment that fosters artistic growth in our artists. We are committed to producing work that promote dialogue and change. Therefore, we have retained our resident intimacy choreographer, Nicole Perry. Nicole’s training with IDI, as well as Theatrical Intimacy Education, enables her to not just create movement for these moments, but to provide rehearsal practices and procedures that honor the agency of our actors and invite collaboration and story-telling.
We are excited to help instill this new creative practice in the culture of South Florida theatre.