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1 Gestural Languages

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...From pantomime to cartoon mime Before beginning to explore dramatic territory, we begin the second year by working on gestural languages, taking physical expression in the different directions set out below. The purpose...

1 Improvisation

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Silence Before Words Replay and play We approach improvisation through psychological replay, which is silent. Replay involves reviving lived experience in the simplest possible way. Avoiding both...

2 The Educational Journey

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The education offered by the Lecoq school is spread over two years, during which students move along two parallel paths: on the one hand the study of improvisation and its rules and on the other movement technique and its analysis...

2 Movement Technique

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The second main axis of my teaching consists of movement technique. I will explain this in its own right here, although in practice it is always closely linked to performance. It comes into improvisation and into the students’ own creative...

1 From Sport to Theatre

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...I came to theatre by way of sports. At seventeen I discovered the geometry of movement through exercising on the parallel and horizontal bars at a Paris gymnastics club known as En Avant. The movement of the body through space demanded...

Afterword to the 2002 Edition

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Since the death of its founder, the Lecoq school has continued to flourish, perpetuating and developing the techniques and skills on which his teaching was based. We have started to save the 400 hours of film documenting Lecoq’s teaching...
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...Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare's genius...

Notes

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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3 The Students’ Own Theatre

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Auto-Cours and investigations Auto-cours is the name we give to sessions of an hour and a half which take place each day, when groups of students work on their own, without direct supervision by teachers. They prepare...

3 The Laboratory for the Study of Movement [L.E.M.]

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Since 1976 a department of experimental scenography has been added to the school, set up in collaboration with the architect Krikor Belekian. The course lasts for one year and is open to students from the school who have an interest...