Including contributions from... Porter Anderson, Gregory Gunter, Eelka Lampe, Ellen Lauren, Charles L. Mee, Jr., Paula Vogel, Anne Bogart, Mel Gussow, Tina Landau, Eduardo Machado, Tadashi Suzuki, plus the text of Small Lives/ Big Dreams created by the SITI Company.
Viewpoints is a technique of composition that acts as a medium for thinking about and acting upon movement, gesture and creative space. Originally developed in the 1970s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, The Viewpoints theory was adapted for stage acting by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Bogart and Overlie were on the faculty of ETW at NYU in the late 1970s and early 1980s during which time Bogart was influenced by Overlie's innovations. Overlie's Six Viewpoints (space, story, time, emotion, movement, and shape) are considered to be a logical way to examine, analyze and create dances, while Bogart's Viewpoints are considered practical in creating staging with actors.