What Is Intimacy Choreography?
Intimacy Choreography, used by Intimacy Coordinators and Directors, is an artistic practice in both the creation of movement which simulates intimate moments on stage and screen and the maintenance of safety and boundaries for those who facilitate the creation of these stories. With Intimacy Coordination and Direction, cast and crew are no longer forced or coerced into engagement in nudity, simulated sex acts, or other intimate moments of performance.
A great Intimacy Choreography can navigate actors’ boundaries to tell a vulnerable, hyper-exposed, intimate story, collaborating with Directors and Production to ensure the vision for the project is truly achieved.
What We Do
Great question! We do a lot of things. Every project is different, but here are some ways we can help:
- Work with producers, directors, or stage managers to audit the script for nudity, intimacy, hyper-exposure, or liability and help find support.
- One-on-ones with artists to communicate expectations and explore boundaries to address possible challenges and identify practical support solutions.
- Support responsible content disclosures and safe audience experiences
- Identify and coordinate costume, wardrobe, hair, and makeup needs impacting nudity and simulated sex or sex-adjacent acts.
- Create movement/choreography for everything from hugs and kisses to simulated intercourse.
- Support closed set guidelines.
- Dramaturgy or presenting research to help the room understand the nuance of specific challenges presented in the script.
- Act as a presence to center consent and mitigate power dynamics.
- Step in and change movement, masking, barriers, etc if there is a need for boundary adjustment, choreography change, or other challenge.
- Support cast and crew with deroling and closure practices as needed.
As artists and choreographers who are trained in intimacy choreography, mental health, and the arts, we can be especially helpful if a project contains:
- Themes or depictions of hyper-exposure of mental health or substance use challenges
- Trauma, violence, or heightened emotions
- Intimacy/or hyper-exposed work (inculding simulated sex, nuditiy, or other activities)
- Experiences that may be close to the artists’ own experiences.
Though our work is different wherever we go, we know one thing for sure: we are intentional, not careful. Our work helps make stories better and more compelling.
Safer sets. Safer stages. Kick-ass stories.
Are you Intimacy Coordinators or Intimacy Directors?
We are both! Our Mental Health Coordinators are trained in both Intimacy Coordination (for film/TV) and Intimacy Direction (for live theatrical performance).
I’m an artist/intimacy professional/therapist/mental health advocate in the arts. Can I work with you?
Thanks for your work! We would love to hear from you. We are always looking for partners in this journey. Check out our Join Us page for opportunities or to get in touch.
I know my project needs help, but I am not sure if you are the ones that can help us. How do I know if you can?
Even if we aren’t the ones who can ultimately support your need, we are happy to connect you with our incredible resource network. Please get in touch, and we can figure something out!
Do you certify Intimacy Coordinators or Directors?
While we offer Continuing Education opportunities for Intimacy Professionals, we do not currently offer certification for IC’s or ID’s. If you’re an Intimacy Professional interested in furthering your education, please check out our trainings.
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