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The Moving Body (Le Corps Poetique): Teaching Creative Theatre

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Jacques Lecoq was one of the most inspirational theatre teachers of our age. The International Theatre School he founded in Paris remains an unrivalled center for the art of physical theatre. In The Moving Body, Lecoq shares his unique philosophy of performance, improvisation, masks, movement and gesture which together form one of the greatest influences on contemporary th ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The great French actor Jacques Lecoq describes his 2-year program for actors and some of the philosophy behind it. What interested Lecoq was finding the drama in movement and gesture. He distinguished between mechanical and meaningful gesture, and of course was in favor of the latter. He said that meaningful gesture could indicate (like pointing something out), it could take action (like trying to stop somebody from entering a room) or it could represent attitude (a head bowed in grief). These i ...more
J.F. Ramirez
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-ish, art
I've been watching a lot of 8 1/2, and I keep on thinking of this book, Proust, Fitzgerald, House of Leaves and just get this feeling that this stuff works together or is related or something like that.

The first time that I saw Fellini's 8 1/2 my mind immediately raced back to this book and to its focus on a total body way of making, or in this case expressing, art. 8 1/2 had that same feeling that lingered around it's edges, in its dark places, and in its jests. It was a total experience, somet
You're getting Lecoq talking about his philospophy of stage movement. It's not a textbook or exercise book but a grounding in the elements of the Lecoq method. A must read if you're interested in his school of thought.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review or comment is not about this book,is about whats inside this book.. .. Lecoq was already extraordinary on what he had already created,his style and technique I believe is something that many of us are hoping will last until at least the end of our time but on top of that he left a legacy in writing, his teachings.

Thank you Jacq,there are not enough words to thank you for what you have left us. . .
Feb 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's great to get the word straight from the horse's mouth. It's not the most engaging writing in the world but it is cool to get a sense of what he was really about. The resource of exercises he used over the years makes it all worthwhile. After years of hearing his ideas second (or third or fourth hand) it seemed important to know what he really meant to say.
Héctor Toledo
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teoría
Buen libro. Le falta ser un poco más minucioso en la descripción de ejercicios y argumentar un poco más sólidamente las bases de sus teorías (es decir, no limitarse a decir lo que hace, sino por qué hace eso y busca eso). Si uno tiene ya una cierta base teórica y conoce un poco este tipo de teatro, es productivo. Si no, quizá sea mejor empezar por otro autor.
Kenzie Boonstra
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was told that I was too young to understand this book, but I took my time and really dove into this book and it is truly amazing. I hope to get my own copy soon and read it again and leave notes for myself. This is why I love theatre.
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Jacques Lecoq is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most influential teachers of the physical art of acting. He was born 15 December in Paris, France and participated and trained in various sports as a child and as a young man. During World War II he began exploring gymnastics, mime, movement and dance with a group who used performance to express their opposition to the German occupation o ...more
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