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Jacques Lecoq

1st Edition

By Simon Murray

Routledge

180 pages

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Description

This volume offers a concise guide to the teaching and philosophy of one of the most significant figures in twentieth century actor training. Jacques Lecoq's influence on the theatre of the latter half of the twentieth century cannot be overestimated.

Now reissued Jacques Lecoq is the first book to combine:

  • an historical introduction to his life and the context in which he worked
  • an analysis of his teaching methods and principles of body work, movement, creativity, and contemporary theatre
  • detailed studies of the work of Theatre de Complicite and Mummenschanz
  • practical exercises demonstrating Lecoq's distinctive approach to actor training.

Table of Contents

THE LIFE OF JACQUES LECOQ

    Jacques Lecoq (1921–99)

    Jacques Lecoq: actor, director and teacher

    Jacques Lecoq and the Western tradition of actor training

    Jacques Lecoq: the body and culture

    Summary and conclusion

THE TEXTS OF JACQUES LECOQ

    Lecoq’s pedagogy: from practice to principles (and back)

    Acting for the theatre of the future

    End words

TRACES OF JACQUES LECOQ: THÉÂTRE DE COMPLICITÉ’S STREET OF CROCODILES AND THE WORK OF MUMMENSCHANZ

    The case of Théâtre de Complicité

    The Street of Crocodiles

    The case of Mummenschanz

PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Aims

Background and context

Approach

Preparatory exercises

I push . . . I pull: towards the dynamics of melodrama

I am pushed . . . I am pulled: towards the dynamics of tragedy

I push myself . . . I pull myself: towards the dynamics of commedia dell’arte

Debrief

CONCLUSION

About the Author

Simon Murray is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production