Moving Body Arts' Intimacy Directors follow five main objectives of the role:
We oversee consent and support the performers, stage management team and backstage crew during rehearsals, dress, tech and first show. We form a part of the production's overall duty of care.
We liaise with the performers, director and departments about their requirements. This also may involve consulting on, budgeting and purchasing equipment and specific modesty garments for simulated sex and/or nudity moments.
COLLABORATION & INTIMACY CHOREOGRAPHY
We collaborate with the director and performers to create, facilitate & choreograph intimacy which serves the story and their vision.
HEALTH & SAFETY
We recommend certain health & safety measures which can lower the impact on the performers and stage management.
An Intimacy Director can, not only be involved in the rehearsals, but also support other theatre departments. For example:
- Front of House & Theatre Staff: we can offer protocols for front of house and ushers if a show includes sensitive material which may trigger audience members.
- Marketing Department: we can assist with ways to give content notices and support information packs, also ways to reduce cyber bullying of performers if a show has sensitive material.
WHEN TO HIRE AN INTIMACY DIRECTOR?
Essential: nudity, semi-nudity, simulated sex, simulated sexual violence, sexual manipulation, making-out, groping, mouth-to-mouth kissing, kissing on the body, contact with chest or genitals or insinuation of it, use of prosthetic genitalia, use of merkins and hyper-exposed or potentially triggering scenes.
Recommended: insinuation of nudity, insinuation of sexual activity, simulated orgasm or sounds of sexual activity, and other intimacy moments that the performer/director/producer wish to have support for.