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Blocking Made Easy Part II: How to Polish Blocking

After blocking has been created it needs to be practiced until it is sharp, clean, and believable. Regardless of if the event is Duo Interpretation or Duet Acting, there are particular tactics that can be employed to help ensure a clean performance. The follow will be of use to any level of Duo/Duet actor.

Work Exchanges

Blocking Made Easy Part I: How to Block

The differences in style between Duo Interpretation and Duet Acting are enormous. Duo Interpretation prohibits direct contact, whether with the eyes or physical. Duet Acting allows for all sorts of contact: eyes, physically with a partner, and with the two chairs and table provided as set pieces. Despite the gaps, the two events do share similar tenets when it comes to planning blocking.

Transitional Techniques

Duo Interpretation offers distinct trials when developing blocking for a piece. Because Duo does not allow any direct interaction (eye or physical contact) and often is a series of individual scenes pieced together to form a narrative, creating crafty transitions that adhere to rules while moving in and out of scenes is a necessity.

When Partnerships Fail

A Duo partnership that fails has severe consequences. With no connection or trust between partners, a performance is almost always going to be rotten. No one wants for a bad partnership. Nor does anyone predict it occurring. People enter into a Duo with the highest hopes.

What Makes a Great Partner

Finding the perfect script for a Duo or Duet is one of the main reasons behind competitive success. Cutting, blocking, appropriate casting, and other factors also influence a piece’s performance. However, a great partnership is arguably the most important ingredient for Duo victory.

Partnerships: A Working Relationship

When a partnership has been founded it must be nurtured throughout the season for it to survive. Disconnect can always grow; relationships falter. This must not happen within a Duo. A sour partnership often equates to a sub par performance. Few competitors can dislike the other and still be able to perform and win. Therefore, knowing how to maintain a working relationship is fundamental.

Choosing a Duo Piece

A great Duo/Duet piece can be attributed to a variety of factors. Good acting, partner chemistry, creative blocking, and so on. But aside from the initial process of paring up with a good partner, the other cornerstone for a great performance rests in selecting the right piece. The use of the proper piece can be the edge a Duo needs in a round to win.

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