Object Score is a theatrical method. The aim is to give life to a fictitious/poetical body; an alter ego, an extension of the self, using the body as a landscape for the puppet and vice versa, in order to explore the space and create choreographic motifs. It is a very specific form of choreography for two bodies functioning under the same mind.
The method is suitable for actors, dancers, puppeteers, singers, circus artists. People who master this technique are a rare breed, multi-tasking dreamy creatives, physical puppeteers. As Sally A. Stewart said about the definition of the Total Actor: “An actor’s responsibility isn’t solely about acting, they must understand the art and especially the craft of storytelling.”
– Duda Paiva
Object Score total acting takes preparation. Through consistent and repetitive training the student prepares both his physical body and the inanimate body; the object/puppet that has been chosen to represent an idea.
The student needs to prepare his body and mind before he can transpose expression through his object/puppet, creating a dialogue between himself, the object/puppet and the audience. The Object Score is a method that demands full control of your body and mind. Where a dancer seeks to be seen on stage and to express himself through body language, a puppeteer generally tries not to be seen, giving space to his puppet. In the Object Score technique we do both and we switch from one perspective to the other.
Duda Paiva divided his training into four steps: