By Anne Bogart
The Viewpoints is a method of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance global. It used to be first articulated by way of choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the 2 dominant matters performers deal with—space and time—into six different types. because that point, administrators Anne Bogart and Tina Landau have accelerated her notions and tailored them for actors to operate jointly spontaneously and intuitively and to generate daring, theatrical work.
The Viewpoints are a collection of names given to yes rules of flow via time and space—they represent a language for conversing approximately what occurs on level. Coupling this with Composition, that is the perform of choosing and arranging the separate elements of theatrical language right into a cohesive murals, offers theatre artists with a huge new software for growing and knowing their artwork form.
Primarily meant for the numerous theatre artists who, within the final a number of years, became intrigued with Viewpoints but have had no unmarried resource to consult of their investigations. it could possibly even be utilized by a person with a common curiosity in collaboration and the inventive approach, no matter if in paintings, company or day-by-day life.
Anne Bogart is inventive Director of the SITI corporation, which she based with eastern director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is the recipient of 2 OBIE Awards and a Bessie Award, and is an affiliate professor at Columbia collage. Her contemporary works contain Alice’s Adventures; Bobrauschenbergamerica; Small Lives, great desires; Marathon Dancing; and The Baltimore Waltz.
Tina Landau, famous director and playwright, whose unique paintings contains Space (Time magazine 10 Best), Dream True (with composer Ricky Ian Gordon) and Floyd Collins (with composer Adam Guettel), which bought the Lucille Lortel Award for top Musical, an OBIE Award and 7 Drama table nominations. She has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre corporation considering that 1997.
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Additional resources for The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition
It’s important that we begin with exactly who we are, what we think, what we preconceive, rather than some notion we have of who we should be and how we should think. Once again, if we work spontaneously and honestly, Viewpoints training is an invitation to see ourselves, a gateway to greater consciousness. 2. BODY AND HEALTH. Create gestures that give information about a person’s body and physical health. ; and reactions to weather, such as shivering, a wipe of sweat, fanning oneself, buttoning up, putting a hand out to feel rain or snow, etc.
In focusing on Kinesthetic Response, you are now working on when you move rather than how fast (Tempo) or how long (Duration). A crucial moment in Viewpoints training. Until this moment, individuals have been playing with Tempo and Duration in their own way on the grid. This is the moment when we introduce the imperative of relinquishing choice (at least for the moment). It is no longer for you to choose what is right or wrong, good or bad—but to use everything. If someone runs by you—use it! If the group suddenly shifts into slow motion—use it!
We normally assume that we are listening when in fact we are preoccupied. Listening involves the entire body in relation to the ever-changing world around us. In Viewpoints training, one learns to listen with the entire body. In Viewpoints training, as in rehearsal, if one is always looking for a particular premeditated result, then many things that are happening outside of those parameters are not recognized. Extraordinary listening means listening with the whole body without an idea of the result.
The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Anne Bogart