Performing Arts/Theatre interpreting is different from most other interpreting. Other interpreting assignments consist of the interpretation taking place simultaneously, while Performing Arts/Theatre interpreting requires preparation including seeing the performance, actual rehearsals, reviewing a script as well as the actual interpretation on the scheduled performance day.
As any theatre lover would know, each piece is written and performed with specific artistic considerations in mind, from the director’s artistic vision to clothing choices. All of those details are taken into consideration when a well-trained performing arts/theatre interpreter works. While understanding these finite details, interpreting them can be even more challenging.
Interpreting an artistic performance cross-culturally and with linguistic equality requires the dedication, time and talent of a team of interpreters who have an in-depth understanding of the different languages and cultures, and should possess the ability to artistically express that interpretation.