1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Edited By Mark Evans, Rick Kemp Copyright 2016
    444 Pages
    by Routledge

    444 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq presents a thorough overview and analysis of Jacques Lecoq's life, work and philosophy of theatre. Through an exemplary collection of specially commissioned chapters from leading writers, specialists and practitioners, it draws together writings and reflections on his pedagogy, his practice, and his influence on the wider theatrical environment. It is a comprehensive guide to the work and legacy of one of the major figures of Western theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. In a four-part structure over fifty chapters, the book examines:

    • The historical, artistic and social context out of which Lecoq's work and pedagogy arose, and its relation to such figures as Jacques Copeau, Antonin Artaud, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Dario Fo.

    • Core themes of Lecoq's International School of Theatre, such as movement, play, improvisation, masks, language, comedy, and tragedy, investigated by former teachers and graduates of the School.

    • The significance and value of his pedagogical approaches in the context of contemporary theatre practices.

    • The diaspora of performance practice from the School, from the perspective of many of the most prominent artists themselves.

    This is an important and authoritative guide for anyone interested in Lecoq's work.

    Foreword by Geoffrey Rush

    General Introduction

    Mark Evans and Rick Kemp

    Part I

    Influences and Antecedents


    Mark Evans


    1. The French Theatrical Avant Garde
    2. Nigel Ward (UK)

    3. Mime, ‘Mimes’ and Miming
    4. Vivian Appler (US)

    5. The Rediscovery of the Mask
    6. Gillian Arrighi (AUS)

    7. Jacques Lecoq and the Challenge of Modernist Theatre, 1945-1968
    8. Bruce McConachie (US)

    9. Jacques Lecoq and the Studio Tradition
    10. Tom Cornford (UK)

    11. Bachelard, Jousse and Lecoq
    12. Claudia Sachs (BRA)

    13. Space and Mimesis
    14. Jon Foley Sherman (US)

    15. Movement Made Visible: Marey and Lecoq
    16. Clare Brennan (UK)

    17. Literature, Lecoq and the ‘nouveau roman
    18. Pardis Dabashi (US)

    19. The Body Voice of Satire: Jacques Lecoq and Dario Fo
    20. Gloria Pastorino (US)


      Part II

      Inspirations and Evolutions


      Rick Kemp

    21. The Influence of Sports on Jacques Lecoq’s Actor Training
    22. Mark Evans (UK)

    23. What Works and What Doesn’t Work: On Play
    24. Paola Coletto (IT/US) and Jennifer Buckley (US)

    25. Neutral Mask - A Life’s Journey
    26. Dody DiSanto (US)

    27. The Mimo-dynamics of Music, Poetry, and Short Story: Lecoq on Bartók
    28. Jennie Gilrain (US)

    29. Full Face Masks, Pantomime Blanche and Cartoon Mime
    30. David Gaines (US)

    31. Commedia Dell’Arte and Comedie Humaine
    32. Giovanni Fusetti (IT)

    33. The Chorus
    34. Shona Morris (UK)

    35. Bouffons and the Grotesque
    36. Bim Mason (UK)

    37. Auto-cours, Enquetes, Commandes: A Practitioner’s Perspective
    38. Carlos García Estévez (ES)

    39. Lecoq's Clown and its Application to Playing Shakespeare's Clowns
    40. Sara Romersberger (US)

    41. Laboratory of Movement Study
    42. Ismael Scheffler (BRA)

      Part III

      Ricochets and reverberations


      Mark Evans

    43. Lecoq, Emotion and Embodied Cognition
    44. Rick Kemp (UK/US)

    45. The Juggernaut and the Pram: Lecoq and UK Actor Training
    46. Vladimir Mirodan (UK)

    47. Moving Medicine
    48. Suzy Willson (UK)

    49. British Movement Directors
    50. Ayse Tashkiran (UK)

    51. Contemporary Circus
    52. Mitch Mitchelson (UK)

    53. Lecoq Training and Asian Theatre Practice
    54. Maya Tångeberg-Grischin and Anna Thuring (SWE)

    55. Locating the Body in English Language Teaching
    56. Nikole Pascetta (CAN)

    57. Language and the Body
    58. Maiya Murphy (US)

    59. Lecoq and Shakespeare
    60. Darren Tunstall (UK)

    61. Le Jeu and the Journey of a People
    62. Susan Knutson (CAN) and Normand Godin (CAN)

    63. Lecoq and Architecture
    64. Laura Gioeni (IT)

    65. Dear Jacques... Lecoq in the Twenty First Century
    66. Simon Murray (UK)

      Part IV

      Voyages and Diaspora


      Rick Kemp

    67. Jacques Lecoq, Ariane Mnouchkine and le Théâtre du Soleil
    68. Helen Richardson (US)

    69. The Magic Flute and L’École Jacques Lecoq
    70. Simon McBurney (UK), William Kentridge (SA) and Catherine Alexander (UK)

    71. Lecoq and Complicite
    72. Richard Cuming (UK)

    73. Theatre Ad Infinitum and Jacques Lecoq
    74. Vanessa Ackerman (UK)

    75. Lecoq Practitioners in the UK
    76. Emily Kreider (UK)

    77. The Actor/Creator and Three American Ensembles
    78. Susan Thompson (US)

    79. Pig Iron: Disponibilité and Observation
    80. Quinn Bauriedel (US)

    81. The Toronto Connection
    82. Martin Julien (CAN)

    83. La Mancha Theatre Company and School - Chile
    84. Ellie Nixon (UK)

    85. From Paris to Cape Town: Lecoq and Magnet Theatre
    86. Jennie Reznek (SA) and Mark Fleishman (SA)

    87. Clown – Trial by Errors
    88. Rick Kemp (UK/US)

    89. Lecoq and Film

    Mark Evans (UK)


    Mark Evans is Professor of Theatre Training and Education and Associate Dean (Student Experience) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University. His research focuses on the work of Jacques Copeau, Jacques Lecoq and movement training for the modern actor. He recently edited The Actor Training Reader (Routledge, 2015) and is an Associate Editor of the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal.

    Rick Kemp is Head of Acting and Directing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the author of Embodied Acting (Routledge 2012). He has worked internationally as an actor and director with companies and theatres such as Commotion, Complicite, Almeida, Teatr Polski and the Bouffes du Nord.