Viewpoints: an introduction

Course Dates: 07/06/21 - 12/07/21
Time: 15:15 - 17:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
A fundamental part of actor training in the US and rapidly gaining popularity here, Viewpoints is an acting technique with a focus on time and space. Viewpoints disrupt vocal and physical habits to bring freshness to engagement with text. Suitable for actors, movers, directors and the creatively curious.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00

Course Code: DRM111

Mon, day, 07 Jun - 12 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Viewpoints are a way of both training performers and creating movement and space on stage. Originally developed in the 1970s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, they are points of awareness that a creator has while working, and acts as a medium for thinking about and acting upon movement, gesture and creative space.

What will we cover?

The six elements of Viewpoints are: Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

understand the basic concepts of the six viewpoints
apply these in movement exercises.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for actors, movers, directors and the creatively curious.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement, allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature, and allows your tutor to see your work clearly. If you have long hair, you should tie it back for your own safety and comfort, and you must remove jewellery for health and safety as well as comfort.
You may be interested in purchasing or borrowing the standard reference The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Anne Bogart & Tina Landau (2004).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in other courses in Physical skills for actors or in course in
Improvisation or Acting or
or Dance.

Mandy Gordon

Mandy started her career as an actor/performer touring nationally and internationally. She has a BA (hons) in Drama from Brunel University, a PGCert from the London Contemporary Dance School and an MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Mandy has taught at Rose Bruford, Central St Martins School of Art and Design, Morley College, RADA and Clean Break. Mandy is an award winning movement director, most recently contributing to shows at the Camden Fringe, Vaults, The Actors Centre as well as installations and film animation.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.