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Viewpoints, creativity and embodied learning : developing perceptual and kinaesthetic skills in non-dancers studying undergraduate university drama

Dennis, Rea 2013, Viewpoints, creativity and embodied learning : developing perceptual and kinaesthetic skills in non-dancers studying undergraduate university drama, Theatre, dance and performance training, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 336-352, doi: 10.1080/19443927.2013.840675.

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Title Viewpoints, creativity and embodied learning : developing perceptual and kinaesthetic skills in non-dancers studying undergraduate university drama
Author(s) Dennis, ReaORCID iD for Dennis, Rea orcid.org/0000-0002-6214-3504
Journal name Theatre, dance and performance training
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 336
End page 352
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013-10-01
ISSN 1944-3927
1944-3919
Keyword(s) viewpoints
embodied practice
physical training
movement training for non-dancers
Summary Viewpoints are a structural approach to training and directing for theatre. Originating from the innovative, inventive and exploratory approach of Mary Overlie and the self- confessed scavenger approach of Anne Bogart, Viewpoints offers a practical philosophy of working. As a training approach it begins with a disciplined engagement  of the body in space and time. The tangible elements of the Viewpoints provide a set of tasks on which the student can focus, thus freeing the imagination and spirit to  create. Yet at the same time the systematic logic of Viewpoints supports novice practitioners to begin to question their perception, invest in creative practice that demands action and exploration, and to deconstruct, re-organise and rebuild scores and sequences in the pursuit of theatre that is visceral and visual. This essay reports on undergraduate student experiences of learning Viewpoints. It interrogates the demands of embodied learning of the movement/structural system on non- ancers and examines student-actor experiences of embodied learning from multiple of subject positions – observer/participant/creator/reflector/actor.  
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/19443927.2013.840675
Field of Research 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063894

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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