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viewpoints - to create or not to create....
on 16 April 2006
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. at no time does bogart's book suggest ignoring textual analysis and i never set out to say that. i would suggest to the practitioner working from text NOT to use it to generate material at the start of your process but do use it - it's fun.