SITI Company Inc.’s Viewpoints and Composition Workshop

Training, Practice & Making with Ellen Lauren and Will Bond


Ellen Lauren and Will Bond return to the Ladder Company to offer a week-long all day intensive experience based upon the physical and creative practices they innovated with SITI Company over 30 years of collaboration and productivity. The work includes rigorous physical training, somatic practices, and creative problem-solving. The work is based upon the discoveries of pioneering theater makers Tadashi Suzuki, Anne Bogart, Mary Overlie, and Wendell Beavers, along with our own SITI Company colleagues. Whereas this work is situated from the point of view of theater makers, it is valuable to performers and makers of all forms and traditions. The sources of the materials come from investigations and practices in visual art making, music, choreography, contemplative dance practice, somatic movement practice, and composition theory. The language of the workshop is English.


23rd-28th of October, Jurányi House (Budapest)

Everyday schedule:9:00 a.m. the space is open for individual body time and warm up. 

  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Training involves a speaking element, shared physical vocabulary, strengthening, concentration, and coordination.
  • 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Practice – will be focused on the 6 viewpoints as articulated and practiced by choreographer Mary Overlie, including practices SITI innovated as a performance ensemble toward “making” works.
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Practice and Making in the afternoon will be a continuation of the morning work leading to experimentation in making with the day’s themes, and will include text and compositional prompts.

28th October is the final work day of training and practice with an “open house” for the public and participants to practice and share questions and insights.

The trainers will provide texts for both the morning “training” work and the afternoon “making” work also. There will not be required rehearsals besides the workshop’s schedule.

Additional programs: 

  • 25th October 18:30-20:30: a lecture presentation, showing, and discussion:  SITI Company’s 30 years
  • 27th October 18:30-20:30: History of SITI Company-broader perspective of making and sustaining an ensemble in the 21st century

The Viewpoints training

Originally developed by the remarkable late artist Mary Overlie, the Viewpoints is a philosophy of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance and performing art world. Through deep personal research and practice, Ms. Overlie discovered what came to be understood as six essential “materials” of  deconstructed theater – The Six Viewpoints. Working directly with these materials, the theater artist begins to learn ways of entering performance practice unique to their own intelligence and curiosity ( SITI Company ( has continued to research and practice, and  adapt  these notions. The language of the Viewpoints allows artists to create together spontaneously and intuitively. It fosters a sense of ensemble, as well as deepens the individual’s sensitivity while onstage. The practice of the Viewpoints develops an artist’s awareness and articulation in how to read what is being made in the process of making. It is a practice in perception and appropriate response, strengthening an artist’s emotional, intellectual, and physical flexibility. 

The Composition work

Composition is the study of creating original theatre works very quickly in accordance with a set of parameters and requirements. The objective is to work with fundamental principles of collaborative theatre making and performance within a very short time-frame. It is a way of generating images and theatrical ideas  and testing possible approaches to a play or concept.  Each composition class centers on a theme or specific text, exploring the contemporary possibilities and historical problems of existing material. Composition is a practice in the art of devising and the creation of original work. 

It is also a way of putting the Viewpoints study  into immediate practice.  Artists are given a chance to apply the skills and vocabulary learned in the daily training to the demands of rehearsal and theater making.

The workshop leaders