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Published in France in 1987, this is the book in which Lecoq first set out his philosophy of human movement, and the way it takes expressive form in a wide range of different performance traditions. He traces the history of pantomime, sets out his definition of the components of the art of mime, and discusses the explosion of physical theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. Interviews with major theatre practitioners
Ariane Mnouchkine and Jean-Louis Barrault by Jean Perret, together with chapters by Perret on Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, fill out the historical material written by Lecoq, and a final section by Alain Gautré
celebrates the many physical theatre practitioners working in the 1980s.

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"...this is an important addition to the growing body of scholarship treating Lecoq's work, and any student of 20th-century theatre or the use of movement in performance will find this book invaluable." —TDR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415359443
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,035,008
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
Translators' preface     x
Editor's introduction     xii
Imitation: from mimicry to miming   Jacques Lecoq     1
The gestures of life   Jacques Lecoq     6
Are gestures universal?     7
Gestures in life     8
Action gestures     9
Walking and gait     10
Professions     14
Situations     15
Expressive gestures     16
Indicative gestures     19
Popular gestures     19
A codified language     21
One gesture, one space     22
Costume: a different body     24
The body as we see it today     26
From pantomime to modern mime   Jacques Lecoq     29
The death of Pierrot     30
Deburau-Pierrot     32
The succession of men in white     33
Poor Pierrot!     34
The rediscovery of the moving body     35
Jacques Copeau and the Vieux-Colombier school     38
Links and influences     40
Has mime become separated from theatre?   Jean Perret     42
Etienne Decroux, master ofmime     43
Interview with Jean-Louis Barrault     49
A mime: the Marceau phenomenon     58
Mime, the art of movement   Jacques Lecoq     67
What is a mime?     68
Silence     70
Absolute mime     72
The obstacles to overcome     72
Pedagogy of the constraint     76
Style     76
The rules of the game     77
Directions of mime     78
Encounter with the temptation to systematise     79
Movement with a capital 'M'     80
The fixed point     81
Equilibrium and disequilibrium     82
The body of Artaud     84
Compensation     84
Alternation     85
The preparation movement     85
The accentuation of movement     87
Rhythm     88
Space     89
The dynamics of the passions     91
The dynamics of words     92
The explosion of mime   Jean Perret   Jacques Lecoq     94
The pedagogy of movement, interview of Jacques Lecoq by Jean Perret, including seven explanations of key ideas by Lecoq     95
The commedia dell'arte      100
Mask work     103
How does a chorus move?     109
In search of one's own clown     115
The age of the bouffon     118
Cartoon mime     121
Performing with portable structures     123
The theatre of gesture and image     126
Introduction   Jacques Lecoq     126
Interview with Ariane Mnouchkine   Jean Perret     130
An actor's view of a theatre of movement   Alain Gautre     135
View from a Frenchman in the stalls     137
The actor face to face with his desire     142
The actor within a company     148
Three case studies     150
Every aspect of the image     152
Mimes?     154
The theatre of silence     156
A theatre that moves     156
Index     159
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