Beyond The Training 2015

Applications are now open


A one day exploration of the 'Viewpoints’, a physical training that provides a vocabulary for thinking about and acting upon movement and gesture within the construction of theatre and movement composition on stage. 

About the Viewpoints: The Viewpoints was developed in the 1970’s by choreographer Mary Overlie that grew out of the Post Modern dance world as a way of creating structure for movement improvisation Originally there were six Viewpoints that included Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement and Story - in Mary’s own words; 

“The seed of the entire work of The Six Viewpoints is found in the simple act of standing in space. From this perspective the artist is invited to read and be educated by the lexicon of daily experience. The information of space, the experience of time, the familiarity of shapes, the qualities and rules of kinetics in movement, the ways of logics, that stories are formed and the states of being and emotional exchanges that constitute the process of communication between living creature”

In the 1990’s the Viewpoints theory was adapted and interpreted for theatre as a training for actors and as a tool for composition by director Anne Bogart and the SITI company where she along with Tina Landau added three more to total nine. These 9 Viewpoints are divided into Time and Space categories and applied to open improvisations and individual investigations as well as a way to view and effect composition for stage. The Viewpoints is part of the post-modern tradition, in that there is no hierarchy in the different elements that make "theatre.”


In the past 10 years Sam has worked with the Viewpoints in training and making. In 2004 she was awarded the Mike Walsh fellowship to train with the SITI Company in Saratoga as well as having a continued relationship with core SITI member Barney O’Hanlon and Laura Sheedy, who she has brought to Australia a number of times to run Viewpoints intensive labs through Queen Street Studio and ReadyMade Works. She is very interested in how containers of creativity are facilitated. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship looking at devised theatre and making practices, is the 2015 - 2016 Associate Artist of Critical Path in Sydney and currently is the Head of Movement at WAAPA and Director of Sydney based dance space ReadyMade Works. 

*The workshop is open to established and emerging performers actors, directors, dancers, educators and makers. Come with a keen interest to be on the floor.

Applications are currently open and close at 5pm on Monday 30 November.

Book now

WHEN: Sunday December 13 2015

TIME: 10am - 4pm

FEE: $40 - Ausdance NSW Members

         $70 - Non Ausdance NSW Members

VENUE: Critical Path - The Drill Hall

               1c New Beach Rd,

               Rushcutters Bay, Sydney NSW

CONTACT: Elle Evangelista (Marketing and Communications Ausdance NSW)