The zone style of interpreting is best described as the mid point between shadowing and platform. Interpreters are costumed + placed in the nearby vicinity – bringing the language in closer proximity to the action without adding specific blocking for interpreters. This positions both languages as well as the stage action at a more comfortable distance.
Zone can be used in conjunction with shadowing during ensemble moments – such as grand dance numbers – or when intimate emotional moments are playing out on stage. This keeps language close but not intrusive of the actor’s energy.
Zone may also be suitable for shows with complex stage design.
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