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When two take the stage: Images from TEDWomen 2017 duets

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If you think a TED Talk is always a solo star turn, think again. Every year at TEDWomen, we feature a whole session devoted to talks given by two partners.  Whether they’re couples, collaborators, parent and kid, or best friends, the onstage chemistry is always fun to watch. In this photo gallery you may get the idea:

Friends and collaborators Tiffany Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi are talking here about open-minded, joyful sexuality, inspired by African traditions with a modern twist. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Ples Felix, left, and Azim Khamisa, center, share their heartfelt thank-yous with the audience as they close their talk. Behind them on the screen is their third partner, Ples’ grandson Tony, who’ll join their work fighting youth violence as soon as he leaves prison next year. They speak at TEDWomen 2017. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Best friends Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy crack each other up onstage at TEDWomen. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Joan Blades and John Gable seem to be putting into practice the idea they came to share: that we should all try to listen to one another better and honor each other’s perspectives. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

After Jess Search, left, hosted a sparkling Session 5, she passed the baton to our conference co-host Pat Mitchell, who stepped in to handle some housekeeping notes to the audience. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

During our Facebook Live chat with Justin Baldoni, host Manoush Zomorodi has a moment. We may all have had that same moment. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED