Viewpoints is a technique that almost all dancers and many actors have encountered at some point. It can be and is used as a compositional technique for dance and theater performances, but I think its power is as a vocabulary for thinking and acting on movement. It was originally developed in the 1970’s by the choreographer Marie Overlie, and it’s been popularized and disseminated by Anne Bogart, director of the SITI company, a theater company internationally known for their powerfully visceral productions.

Overlie’s “Six Viewpoints” are space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape, and learning to see and address movement with these in mind has been an excellent tool for me over the years.

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