A fascinating homage to Jacques Lecoq, who died in January 1999 and whose ideas and teachings made him one of the most influential theatre figures of recent times.
Jean-Noel Roy's two forty-five minute documentary films show Lecoq at work with students at his Paris theatre school, and include interviews with many, now well-known, former pupils. Jacques Lecoq performed his brilliant lecture-demonstration Tout Bouge at the Institut Français as part of the 1982 Mime Festival. Director: Jean Noel Roy.
There are also interviews with actors and directors such as Dario Fo, Arianne Mnouchkine, Luc Bondy, Simon McBurney and many others.
Jacques Lecoq founded the school in Paris in 1956. The aim of the school is to produce a young theatre of new work, generating performance languages which emphasise the physical playing of the actor. Creative work is constantly stimulated, largely through improvisation, which is also the first approach to playwriting. The school’s sights are set on art theatre, but theatre education is broader than the theatre itself. It is not just a matter of training actors, but of educating theatre artists of all kinds: authors, directors, scenographers as well as actors.
Part 1: The first journey: body, movement
Part 2: The second journey: play, creation.
Lessons are directly accessible through the dvd menu.
Word and roots: two interviews with Jacques Lecoq about the sources and influences which led to his work. He reflects on his life from childhood till his time as a teacher.
Language: French, subtitles in English