Deborah Black is a multi-disciplined embodied teacher and artist. From 2013-2016 she was based in Europe teaching The Viewpoints at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg (NL) as well as workshops in Holland, France, Germany, Belgium, and the UK. While previously living in NYC for nearly 15 years and working with Deborah Hay, Siobhán Cronin, Joe Williams, and the SITI Company, she began her current research of collective and individual daily practices, conflict management, the space between dance and theatre, and ecology.
Berlin 6 October 201813h - 17hThe Inevitability of Influence: An embodied dialogue on power and controlAn experiment in toppling and examining hierarchies in embodied spaces using the Postmodern practice and theory of the Six Viewpoints as articulated by the choreographer and dancer, Mary Overlie. In our increasingly isolated existences, we will examine hyper-individualism in contrast to group-think to uncover assumptions and discover possible new approaches to being together. We will move, play, and write poetry during this four hour workshop at Lake Studios in Berlin. Please email email@example.com if you'd like to register 15€ beforehand 20€ in-person___________________________________Virtual Viewpoints - 9-week on-line course with Deborah Black
starts January 2019
$350 (scholarships and discounts for students available) Space is limited - email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot
The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was originated by dancer/choreographer, Mary Overlie who deconstructed the materials used in performance: space, time, shape, emotion, story, and movement, opening up their infinite possibilities. The student can expect to receive a clear vocabulary of materials to spark research or new perspective on their own work.
— Weekly 2-hour class
— Definition of Postmodernism in relationship to Classicism and Modernism
— Embodiment of the horizontal nature of Postmodernism through the study of Shape, Space, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story through improvisations.
— Methods for incorporating the Viewpoints into an existing performance, creation, healing, or teaching practice
— Lectures and reading materials to support understanding of the theory and philosophy of postmodernism
— Homework assignments for deepening the relationship to the materials
— An on-line group forum for questions, discussion, and additional resources
Deborah is also available for 1:1 tutoring "When the student is ready the teacher appears.”Deborah is calm and real. And she was like a gift from the divine to me. While working with Deborah, I unearthed my everlasting flame. I literally have a fire again towards the endless possibilities of what my work can be and what I can do. I used to keep pushing my goals back because I didn't think that I was ready. Now, I'm on the path to not only meeting but surpassing my goals!
—Trinity Dawn Bobo, artist and healerContact her at email@example.com for more information.
photo by Anna Maynard