Viewpoints is one of the most successful and freeing methods for creating stories and movement onstage, particularly devised work. This class is essential for any directors, devisers, puppeteers and movers who need a fresh outlook on their creativity. Viewpoints is a technique that allows the puppeteer to get out of their head and stop “performing”. There are nine Viewpoints that all pertain to a different way of exploring space; Spatial Relationship, Kinesthetic Response, Shape, Gesture, Repetition, Architecture, Tempo, Duration, and Topography. The instructor will guide you through a small section of Viewpoints without puppets, to get you used to how the format works. Then, instructor introduces very simple blank puppets. We use scarves or plastic bags, all starting with the same base and not feeling constricted by any existing characteristics of a puppet.
“It was instantly clear that this approach to generating movement for the stage was applicable to creating viscerally dynamic moments of theatre with actors and other collaborators.” – Anne Bogart, Viewpoints Creator
This is a movement workshop, which is another reason it works cohesively with puppeteers, since we use our bodies constantly. It also helps puppeteers who are “stuck” in one type of puppet/character to discover organic and new characteristics and movements which they can implement into their creatures and careers. This workshop allows you to experience a new way of existing in a space, not getting caught in stereotypes or tropes of characters. You can also use Viewpoints halfway through a rehearsal period to loosen up performers, get them thinking as their puppet/character and not just in terms of strict blocking. Viewpoints Movement in Puppetry will allow you to experience pure creation and reaction – which strongly cultivates excellent and organic puppeteers.
Please come prepared to move.
Katy Williams is a Denver based creator that specializes in building and teaching puppets, props, and makeup design. Katy is head of her company Katy Williams Design. Her mission is to spread the joy and accessibility of puppetry, and she has been extremely influential in implementing puppetry in theatres all over Colorado. Katy is responsible for starting the Rocky Mountain Puppet Slam in March 2018, successfully producing three slams a year. Through the slam Katy has helped cultivate a strong and budding community of Colorado puppeteers. Last summer, she and her co-producer Rhen Hirsh, mounted an original large-scale puppet show called The Myth of Pegasus, which featured larger than life creatures. Keep your eyes out at the PofA Festival for their 7 foot-long Pegasus Puppet! She is currently fabricating and consulting on puppets for many Colorado theaters, was a featured makeup artist at Denver Zombie Crawl, and was a puppeteer in People’s Theatre of Denver’s Death Goes on Strike. See more of Katy’s work and info on the Rocky Mountain Puppet Slam at www.katywilliamsdesign.com.