Split Environments

By | August 2, 2010


Shared Worlds.


In this scene two performers will be in two different settings. Each character thinks they are both in the same setting.


Split Environments is one of the most difficult handles to perform. Each performer is endowed with an environment which they must do their entire scene in. The challenge is that the other performer is in a different setting. Each performer thinks that the other character is in their environment. Actions in one environment need to be justified in the other environment.

Let’s consider performers A and B. If performer A is in a kitchen, they will go about their business using kitchen mime objects and kitchen related wants and narrative. Performer A will assume that performer B is in the same kitchen. However, performer B is in repair garage. Performer B will have all mime object, narrative and wants related to a repair garage. Performer B’s character assumes that performer A is in the same repair shop. Clearly there are some major setting agendas to mesh here.

This handle requires consummate listening and accepting. A scene where performers A and B battle about each other being delirious is not the goal. The goal is to find mime objects and actions that cross purpose between the two performers. For example, leaning under the hood of a car in the garage may be checking a cake in the kitchen. Mopping up a flour spill could become mopping up an oil spill. Each performer sticks to their settings. The magic comes from when the performers work together and tell narrative taking place in two different settings.


  • Three performers in three different settings.


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