Public Programs
Isabel Shaida
Kids August Workshop: Mary Overlie's Six Viewpoints
Saturday, August 10, 2024
Free. Registration required.
Isabel Shaida

Six Viewpoints Workshop by Isabel Shaida. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Andy Lawless.


This workshop is an opportunity for your child (and you!) to explore movement, body shapes, and spatial awareness. Movement and play are essential parts of Isabel’s art practice. Together we will explore how we move through space, imagining ourselves in a variety of scenarios, or as different shapes, beings, objects, and bodies. We will play some games, run around and create as a group.

All ages welcome. Guardians must be present with children under six. All guardians are encouraged to participate.

No prior movement experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.

Contact Isabel with any questions.

About Six Viewpoints

The Six Viewpoints technique was formulated by Mary Overlie and grew out of the landscape of her home, Montana. As Mary put it, “In this environment distance has a physical impact on the body. The combination of high prairie and mountains inundate you with a sense of space and perspective…The voice of this land counsels you to learn to use perspective as a tool and to cut deeply into what concerns you. This is the point of view of The Viewpoints.”

The Viewpoints break down the dominant components of performance into six materials – Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, Story. The Viewpoints offer the artist a way to practice observing the present moment with increasing sensitivity, and to respond with greater range – developing flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement for both the individual and the group.

About the Instructors

ISABEL SHAIDA Isabel Shaida is a movement artist and climate organizer living in Bozeman, MT. She credits her theater work with teaching her how to experience and process the world in an embodied way. She was an artist in the 2018/19 SITI Conservatory program where she trained in The Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Mary Overlie’s Six Viewpoints. She has continued her study of Viewpoints under Barney O’Hanlon, Wendell Beavers, and Deborah Black. She experiences the materials of the Viewpoints as a living practice and a lattice work that underlies everything.

LILA LIVINGSTON Lila Livingston is a chaplain and artist originally from Bozeman, Montana. Lila is an M.Div. candidate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she studies Buddhism and interreligious engagement. Additionally, she studies movement with Jane Alexandre, Deborah Black, and Sophia Treanor and is excited about the interaction between body, ecology, and spirit in all of her learning and work.