“The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.”
– The SITI Company website
Viewpoints is an ensemble-based technique that hones an actor’s freedom of response in movement and gesture. Originating in the 1970s under choreographer Mary Overlie, the Viewpoints have been adapted for actors by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau of the SITI Company and the Steppenwolf Company, respectively.
The Bogart/Landau Viewpoints are broken into Time (Tempo, Duration, Kinesthetic Response and Repetition) and Space (Shape, Gesture, Architecture, Spacial Relationship and Topography). The goal of Viewpoints is to equip an actor with a fuller and freer vocabulary of movement onstage. Training is very physical and requires movement clothes.