Virtual Viewpoints 12-Week Introductory Course returns January - March 2020   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.  Course content  — 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  — Special guest lecturers on poetry and future studies

Virtual Viewpoints 12-Week Introductory Course returns January - March 2020

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.

Course content

— 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

— Special guest lecturers on poetry and future studies

Selected Course Resources

Deborah and The Six Viewpoints

“This workshop series was another positive experience for me and confirmed my support for the ongoing work by Deborah Black. I am very grateful for her expansive consideration of somatic understanding with the Six Viewpoints, which in turn were originated by Mary Overlie. In my experience and understanding, her developments help to further understand possible consequences of various (culturally formed) patterns that otherwise have come to be taken for granted. Anyone interested in further understanding what cultures are made of for the present is warmly recommended to give this workshop-series a try, meet potentially interesting other explorers, in a very exciting and interesting, as well as affirming environment.”

—Thomas Körtvélyessy, dance artist and re-former, certified Master Teacher of Kinetic Awareness®

“Deborah is a very skilled and talented tutor and this was the ideal introduction to Overlie's fascinating body of work. The course is carefully paced and inventively structured and offered many rich learning experiences, combined with my solo practice. This experience has really enriched my creative work and holds much potential for the future.”

—Scott Thurston, poet and mover

“It's absolutely amazing to work with Deborah and the Viewpoints. I think the most amazing thing about it, is that it's for everyone. You do not have to be an artist, it's valuable in, I think, every kind of work you do, but especially in youre life. It gives you a different, brighter, perspective on things.”

—Femke Brinckman, Dance and Movement therapist

“I cannot recommend this class enough - for anyone who is already familiar with the Viewpoints material or who wants to deepen their practice. Deborah is an amazing teacher who has an answer to every question. I was amazed how easy it was to work with people in this virtual way and would do it again any time!”

—Ilka Luza , actress ilkaluza.de

”Deborah is a gifted and compassionate teacher. Her teaching and direction is clearly defined and she executes it with clarity and precision in a very heart-felt sense. The Viewpoints concepts were presented in very grounded and practical examples. And I appreciated the ingenious creative exercises and humor! This workshop helped me immensely in developing a deep connection to presence and gave practical tools useful in art making and everyday life.”

—Maryanne Chaney, dancer, teacher, choreographer

“Viewpoints is a system of developing awareness, deepening our perception of ourselves and how we exist in relationship to our planet and its inhabitants - sentient and otherwise. Designed by Mary Overlie primarily as a tool for creative exploration and performance, the system as presented by Deborah Black can be applicable to any endeavor - namely the complex act of living a human life. Studying with Deborah and the fantastic group she gathered for this inaugural course has not only impacted every part of my creative process but also offered me concrete tools for arriving more fully from one minute to the next in any circumstance. While I am still a novice, Deborah has helped me understand how deeper investigation into each of viewpoints and their relationships is a lifelong practice that will help me as a performer, maker, and person. I look forward to continuing this journey with Deborah and on my own in the studio and on the street.”

—Gina Hoch-Stall, Dance Artist, ginahochstall.weebly.com

“Deborah is a well suited to facilitate and teach the Viewpoints work because of her extensive background and experience. Over and above that she is calming steady, trusting and a true "midwife" of the work.”

—Martha Gelnaw

“Deborah's Viewpoints workshop was just the right balance between the theoretical and experiential. I came out of it feeling physically and emotionally engaged and with a better understanding of how to apply the Viewpoints to my own work.”

—Anna Savant

“Deborah's weekend introduction to Viewpoints was excellent. Her insights were both fascinating and helpful. As a facilitator, she created a calm yet encouraging atmosphere-- I felt comfortable and inspired to explore and experiment!”

—Terra Vandergaw

“I love Deborah's research-based approach to facilitating and training. I felt free to try and try again without pressure to be anything but myself - and present. This mode of training was more like playing, and that in itself is radical presence.”

—Julia Levine

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

THE NEXT COURSE STARTS IN JANUARY 2020!
$375 UNTIL DECEMBER 1ST
$400