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Vanessa Coffey Intimacy Coordinator

About Intimacy Coordination

Intimacy is defined as “sensual proximity or touching. It is an act or reaction, such as an expression of feelings (including close friendship, family, platonic love, romantic love or sexual attraction), between people” which might include “being inside someone’s personal space, holding hands, hugging, kissing, caressing and sexual activity.” (Wikipedia) It might additionally include nudity or partial nudity and extends to scenes involving sexual assault or violence.

As an Intimacy Coordinator, I am an advocate, a liaison between actors, production and all the departments involved in any element of any intimate scene (for example, ADs, Costume, Hair and Makeup, Art Department) and a movement specialist and choreographer in regards to nudity and simulated sex as well as other intimate and hyper-exposed scenes. It is my responsibility to ensure all parties involved are protected, comfortable and there is an explicit mutual understanding of what is required as well as making sure appropriate protocols are followed.

Intimacy choreography helps shape a scene that requires any kind of sensual proximity. Intimacy coordination more broadly is focussed on liaising between all parties to ensure there is an explicit mutual understanding and agreement of what is required for the scene.