BBC NEWS - March 2020
Alicia Rodis walks onto set in New York with a mission: to oversee the shooting of a very complex – and daring – group sex scene for a TV series on a major US network. She’s there to make sure the director observes the intimacy boundaries set by each of the 30 actors taking part.
She keeps track of the conditions of their consent on a big spreadsheet, to make sure everyone is comfortable when the camera rolls.
In a theatre elsewhere in the city, Chelsea Pace choreographs an intimate scene performed by a couple.
“Here you don’t ‘grope’, you make muscle-level contact with the front of your partner’s body,” she says, using non-sexual language to interpret the stage directions, as the two actors repeat a set of movements.
Welcome to the world of intimacy coordinators.