Can theatre and film every truly be linked as performance forms? Is there a technique which overlaps these two things? Yes it can, and yes there is. Via a new physical theatre technique called Viewpoints with a special workshop in association with Brighton Film School, Brighton Fringe and Culture Connex called 'Viewpoints' For Screen (Student Masterclass). This technique enables the performer/drama practitioner to become more aware of being 'in the moment' and react more organically, whilst being aware of all going on around you. At the same time, we become more mindful, playful, spontaneous and more as the mental and physical reset takes place through various exercises that encourage trust, a deeper connection on both a performance and film technology level, self empowerment, confidence and sense of self.
it leaves us wanting more from Mass and de Lancy
Led well by international film maker Erwin Mass and actor/cinematographer Guy de Lancy, they create an experience that not only gives professional performers like myself some new ways to look at your existing skills, but introduces you to the world of cinematography in a way that is intriguing and interesting to discover. At times the cinematography side of things is a little too technical for those who are more performers, but it is worth watching and staying with it in order to understand how Viewpoints as a technique transcends both forms. As Mass states, there is nothing new to be learned here, but we aim to get back through to a state of pure presence that you have as a baby. Before all the social conditioning happens in which we can worry about the future and our past actions, as babies we have no sense of time. We react organically with a cry, or a laugh at keys being dangled in front of us. That is where performers need to be, too.
Through this workshop, both Mass and de Lancy encourage everyone to be free in a safe space that is created firstly by stages we play with, such as shape, texture, patterns and architecture. In themselves, they create something which on stage or screen that has no pretence, no 'acting'. Just 'being' in a space that can be elevated by a single look, someone being physically distant or close, a simple gesture that is not forced and many others. When you add cinematography to the mix, a visual reference such as 'The Golden Triangle', a seashell and more can bring further understanding to how the Viewpoints technique interlinks these two different worlds.
'Viewpoints' For Screen (Student Masterclass) may only be limited to a two-hour class here, but it leaves us wanting more from Mass and de Lancy. This workshop is perfect for beginners on their creative journey, or professionals, as everyone is on the same level in this technique.