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Eulogy for Mary Overlie

Eulogy for Mary Overlie Will Daddario Postmodern art practice has lost one of its most ardent proponents. Mar y Overlie is dead at the age of 74. t is t fi ting that a picture of her life and work will slowly come into focus through multiple viewpoints, as colleagues, students, and friends reveal glimpses of her Igiant contribution to contemporary performing arts. I offer my perspective here as a former student of Mary, her friend for twenty years, and an ongoing practitioner of the six viewpoints. The precise meaning of “viewpoints practitioner” is what I want to address in this short eulogy. Despite the global reach of the viewpoints, I suggest it is not a phrase that many people understand in the same way that Mary understood it. The anarchic horizontality of Mary’s teaching, which, while rigorous, caring, thorough, and artful, always resisted systematization and the rigid boundaries of rational coherence. To practice the viewpoints, for Mary, had less to do with composing works for theatre or dance and more to do with living life as art. Mary’s six viewpoints could be used to create experimental theatre and postmodern dance pieces, but that was merely one of its uses. More broadly, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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MIT Press
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Copyright © MIT Press
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1520-281X
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1537-9477
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10.1162/pajj_a_00538
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Abstract

Will Daddario Postmodern art practice has lost one of its most ardent proponents. Mar y Overlie is dead at the age of 74. t is t fi ting that a picture of her life and work will slowly come into focus through multiple viewpoints, as colleagues, students, and friends reveal glimpses of her Igiant contribution to contemporary performing arts. I offer my perspective here as a former student of Mary, her friend for twenty years, and an ongoing practitioner of the six viewpoints. The precise meaning of “viewpoints practitioner” is what I want to address in this short eulogy. Despite the global reach of the viewpoints, I suggest it is not a phrase that many people understand in the same way that Mary understood it. The anarchic horizontality of Mary’s teaching, which, while rigorous, caring, thorough, and artful, always resisted systematization and the rigid boundaries of rational coherence. To practice the viewpoints, for Mary, had less to do with composing works for theatre or dance and more to do with living life as art. Mary’s six viewpoints could be used to create experimental theatre and postmodern dance pieces, but that was merely one of its uses. More broadly, the

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2020

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