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The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition [Paperback]

Anne Bogart , Tina Landau
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21 Mar 2006
The essential guide to the most talked about new acting technique since The Method.

Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world, allowing actors to learn to function spontaneously and intuitively. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, whose ideas have been expanded and developed by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, adapting them for the use of actors.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group Inc.,U.S.; 1st ed edition (21 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559362412
  • ASIN: 1559362413
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Bogart founded the SITI Company with Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. Her shows have twice won OBIES (Off-Broadway Tonies).

Tina Landau is a noted director and playwright. Her musical Floyd Collins (with composer Adam Guettel) won an OBIE and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. She joined Steppenwolf in Chicago in 1997.

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5.0 out of 5 stars viewpoints - to create or not to create.... 16 April 2006
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this book is a guide to viewpoints in practice. the technique is well worth exploring, and the results are always interesting..as an ensemble builder it is second to none. i feel the only danger is that it risks replacing rather than enhancing a more intellectually rigirous approach to creating theatre and the interrogation of ideas and/or text that should include...i do recommend it, though, and although there are times i do think it's a tad indulgent, it is a valuable addition to practice and is a great gateway to facillitating a creative process for the actor in the room......to answer my fellow critic above - i have unfortunately seen this methodology used to create stunning but intellectually imporverished work on a number of occasions now. it does not offer solutions to fitting the methodology into text work and as it is such an instantly prolific generator of material, it does unfortunately allow for some practitioner's lack of rigour to be submerged in what looks like very clever ideas....i have seen it give the illusion of profundity rather than touching any in finished performances.having said that, it can, if used with care, offer really interesting insights into complex texts and good theatrically bold staging ideas. i have roughed out a way to use it with complex text while keeping the work coming from the text rather than working towards it - but it has been an ongoing investigation. as a classical theatre director these considerations are hardly something one can ignore - however this is not always the case with other practice areas so perhaps the critic above will understand it is actually about practitioners using the book and how they do that and not bogart - although she could go deeper into how text and viewpoints might work. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 25 Mar 2013
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I have classified this bookwith 5 stars because I love this technique developed by Anne Bogard. The techniques of theatrical improvisation are a great tool for creativity and personal development. This book also arrived in perfect condition, as was announced by the seller
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4.0 out of 5 stars Viewpoints as a teaching aid for Actors 16 Jun 2014
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I found this book informative and interesting. I would recommend it if you are in an Actor/Actress or a Director of Drama. It certainly is a new way to do drama and very quick and easy to put into practice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very practical tool book 27 April 2014
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It's really a good tool book that step by step introduces viewpoint method to the acting students. Workable and fabulous.
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