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Authors to Discuss New 'Viewpoints' Book

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Two renowned authors are coming to New York to discuss their new collaborative effort, a book about a technique of improvisation that helps actors work together spontaneously and intuitively.

The free "meet the authors" session will feature Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, authors of The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition, which has been heralded as an essential theatrical guide.

"Viewpoints is emerging as an important training methodology for contemporary actors, directors, and designers, as well as anyone with a general interest in collaboration and the creative process," said Dominic Missimi, the executive director of the AMTP. "While Viewpoints has been gaining popularity with theatre training programs across America, Bogart and Landau's book is the first definitive publication on the subject."

Viewpoints is an improvisational method that grew out of postmodern dance, in which choreographers broke down the major issues of performing, namely space and time, into smaller ideas that performers could then study and control. The book is designed to adapt the theories from the dance world for actors to use on stage, performing and reacting together to generate bold new theatrical work.

The Viewpoints philosophy is commonly taught in theatres throughout the world, but the specific applications haven't been carefully documented. In their lecture, Bogart and Landau hope to provide a step-by-step guide for using Viewpoints as a training and rehearsal technique.

Bogart is the artistic director of a company she founded called SITI, and Landau is a noted director and playwright.

The event will take place on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at The Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St. To RSVP, call (212) 944-0595, ext. 417 or email info@dramabookshop.com. A book signing will follow.

-- Anna Bengel

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