Public Programs
Isabel Shaida
Mary Overlie's Six Viewpoints Public Performance
Sunday, September 15, 2024
Free. Registration required.
Isabel Shaida

Six Viewpoints Workshop by Isabel Shaida. Courtesy the artist.


As part of Tinworks Art exhibition season The Lay of the Land, local artist Isabel Shaida will perform with community members who participated in the Six Viewpoints workshop series.

Join Tinworks Art in Chris Fraser’s Asterisms.

Performance is under 30 minutes followed by an artist talk.

The audience will be invited to join a short viewpoints practice at the end of the evening.

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 Instructor

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.