The Art of Transformation

All classes at HB Studio will be held online via Zoom Conferencing until we are able to resume classes at the Studio.

For Summer Term 2020, Janice Orlandi will teach a workshop: Solo Show Incubator: Creating a Historic Character Icon

Online Teaching Statement from Instructor Janice Orlandi:
“This movement class focuses on Viewpoints Training & Composition. Viewpoints includes both ensemble collaboration and solo exploration, with many solo exercises to discover. In this online movement class, we will embark on solo movement studies through the lens of the Viewpoints of space, time, tempo, shape, story and emotion. All can be explored both in the imaginary world and physical world of Chairs and Walls and Doorways and Props, found in your own home! We will explore the Solo Presence work of Mary Overlie, and being Private in Public exercises I’m developing for the Zoom format. These space and storytelling practices for solo expression can also be applied to Ensemble work, and we will experiment with Duets and Trios through Zoom’s breakout rooms.

The course includes Zoom online warmups in a number of physical techniques, including exercises from Michael Chekhov, Rasa Emotions and Williamson Techniques. These exercises awaken the body’s senses and imagination, physical impulses and emotions. They allow for expanded sensory contact with both the imaginary and physical world through the five senses, the breath, vocal release and imagination. We will practice processing physical sensations, sensory contact and experience into movement, sound and text. We will incorporate the viewpoints and sensory contact with both the imaginary world of space and time and the sensory physical world of space and time. We will process inner and outer experience to awaken sensation and experiences of the body and voice into improvisational Movement Solo and Duet compositions with Text.”

An advanced two-part movement for actors course. You are invited to sign up for either five-week part or for the full ten weeks: $180 each or both for $345. 

SPRING 2020:

Viewpoints Training & Composition:
Physical Technique and the Actor’s Creative Process for building Ensemble Collaboration and Performance

Viewpoints, a groundbreaking physical approach to actor training, is a technique of improvisation which grew out of the post‐modern dance world. It was first articulated in the 1970s by master theater artist and choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with ‐ time and space ‐ into six categories, The Six Viewpoints. Anne Bogart’s SITI Company expanded on the Viewpoints language into Nine Viewpoints. The process allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and speaking, and strengthens ensemble interaction, creativity, invention and play.

In this class, we explore movement improvisation and composition through ensemble building exercises, principles of composition, the Viewpoints practice, and creative collaboration. We apply the Viewpoints for building a group of performers as an ensemble for creating new works, traveling through the process of artistic exploration in a meaningful way.

Viewpoints Training acts as a medium or system for actors to employ the open practice of the original Six Viewpoints, “SSTEMS” (Shape, Space, Time, Emotion, Movement and Story), in collaboration with exercises employing vocabulary of the Nine Viewpoints, (Tempo, Duration, Kinesthetic Response, Repetition, Shape, Gesture, Architecture, Spatial Relationship and Topography), through their application and coexistence in the creative space.

Through a rigorous physical practice of the basics of Viewpoints training, we explore its application to collaborative ensemble exercises and learn specific methods for applying the Viewpoints to both the rehearsal process and devised etudes. The Viewpoints represent not only a physical technique but also an aesthetic approach to many aspects of creating new work. We study Viewpoints training to learn how to create in time and space — how to be builders.

Practitioners will have the opportunity to work alone and in groups before the class and teacher for feedback, to unlock a sense of wonder and discovery by experiencing the use of your whole, true, honest, simple self in a wide range of training and performance situations.

Text: The Ensemble Compositions and Etudes will include text from Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Prologues to create compositions and Etudes inspired by Shakespeare’s dramatic themes and poetic texts.

Spring Part A: Learn the philosophy, practice and origin of both the Six viewpoints and the Nine Viewpoints by applying rigorous exercises and ensemble building practice. We will bring awareness and presence to the acting instrument and create a vital and strong ensemble of actors.

Spring Part B: Apply Viewpoints to building ensemble work through rigorous practice, applying principles and exercises of composition and collaboration to the creation of new work and ensemble events. We will explore applications to rehearsal and investigation on a theme, as well as application to an etude, script or play.