Expanded Viewpoints – time, space, and improvisation 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
204RUP1 credit 1 3 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, -2 to 3 hours of self-study English winter

Subject guarantor

Branislav MAZÚCH

Name of lecturer(s)

Howard Scott LOTKER


The Expanded Viewpoints are a way of looking at the component parts that make up TIME and SPACE of everyday life and of performance. We study, play and work with these elements in order to be able to be aware of time and space, to see them more clearly, to experience them more deeply, and to be able to use them more fully in performance, improvisation, and life. Expanded Viewpoints are especially useful for actor / performer training, creating material for devised theater, and for creating improvised performances.

Background: The Viewpoints were originally developed in the 1970’s by American Choreographer Mary Overlie, who used her Six Viewpoints for training dancers and creating choreographies. Her original Viewpoints are: Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story (SSTEMS). Mary Overlie said, “The Six Viewpoints deconstruct theater by shifting concentration from the whole to the particular, (it’s) like splitting the atom.”.

Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, along with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company (NY, USA), developed Overlie’s viewpoints for their actor training and their director-led devised theater work. Their Viewpoints are broken down into the categories of viewpoints of time and space. The Viewpoints of Time are: Tempo, Duration, Kinesthetic Response, and Repetition. And Space: Shape, Gesture, Architecture, Spatial Relationship and Topography.

After years of practicing and teaching Viewpoints I became interested in developing Viewpoints into a purely improvisational, site-specifically grounded form. In my research, performance, and teaching I (re)discovered some additional Viewpoints that I think are useful, that we work with in the Expanded Viewpoints framework: in Time: Musicality; Timing / Kairos; and in Space: Gaze / Eye Focus; Stillness / Silence; Effort; and Performance / Audience Relationship.

So the complete list of Expanded Viewpoints we will be working with is: Time: Tempo, Duration, Kinesthetic Response, Musicality, Timing / Kairos, and Repetition. And in Space: Shape, Gesture, Gaze / Eye Focus, Architecture, Effort, Spatial Relationship, Topography, Stillness / Silence, and Performance / Audience Relationship.

Learning outcomes

Using the Expanded Viewpoints framework, the course explores being and experiencing together in time and space as a basic situation of theater and many other kinds of performance.

Students will grow and develop as improvisors and theater makers towards:

Prerequisites and other requirements

Previous theater performing, dance, movement or acting experience is ideal, if you do not have any please contact the teacher if the workshop is a good fit for you.


Recommended or required reading:

Other Recommended Reading:

Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit / grade is awarded based on attendance, effort, growth, fostering a positive atmosphere in the group, completing reading and journal writing assignments.


This course may be either in Czech, English or taught bilingually.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
14.10.2022 10:00–14:00 Howard Scott LOTKER Herecký ateliér
Karlova 26, Praha 1
21.10.2022 10:00–14:00 Howard Scott LOTKER Herecký ateliér
Karlova 26, Praha 1
04.11.2022 10:00–14:00 Howard Scott LOTKER Herecký ateliér
Karlova 26, Praha 1
09.12.2022 10:00–14:00 Howard Scott LOTKER Herecký ateliér
Karlova 26, Praha 1
16.12.2022 10:00–14:00 Howard Scott LOTKER Herecký ateliér
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans