THE LECOQ SYSTEM
-Towards modularisation of body−
Satoshi Inomata
(Artistic Director of the Physical Theatre Forum)
 
   The article aims to cast a new light on Lecoq's pedagogy, with "modularisation of body" as a key concept. It also offers a handy introduction to the Lecoq System, explaining about its curriculum with illustrative examples of various etudes from the course.Japanese only.

 
  Printed in: Theatre Arts II, Vol.1 & 2,
AICT Japan, Bansei-shobou, 2004

 
 

 
  [Partially translated from the article]
...The structure imposed on a body by the Lecoq System is nothing but a mere referential point. Unlike the Iemoto-seido (inheritance of a specific style through generations) in Japan, it does not demand the students to blindly follow a particular style or a mode of expression. The System is totally open for being utilised and "played" by students according to their own needs. It is true that the use of masks, the image of materials, or techniques from traditional performing arts will build some specific circuits of movement into one's body. Yet they are all independent units of sub-programmes that can be replaced and swapped each other. These programme units, or "modules", have to be selected and connected by actors themselves to meet their own requirements. It is neither a monotonously structure-less body, nor a rigidly centralised body, but this "modularised" body that offers high degree of freedom to physical expression through the possibility of multiple combination of those corporeal programmes.

[Contents]
INTRODUCTION
1.Ecole Internationale du Theatre JACQUES LECOQ
2.IMPROVISATION
 2.1 Preparation for a journey: psychological replay
 2.2 Neutral Mask
 2.3 Towards expression
  2.3.1 Identification with objects
     <Elements> <Materials>
     <Application to acting> <Colour, sound>
  2.3.2 Masks
     <Character masks>
     <Larval masks>
     <Utilitarian masks>
     <Counter masks>
  2.3.3 Character-making
     <Characters and situations>
     <Improvisation under stylistic constraints>
3.MOVEMENT TECHNIQUE
 3.1 Physical and vocal preparation
     <Anatomical analysis>
     <Dramatic gymnastics>
 3.2 Dramatic Acrobatics
 3.3 Movement Analysis
     <Undulation, Inverse undulation, Eclosion>
     <Analytical acting>
     <Signification of movement>
4.AUTO-COURS
5.THE 2ND YEAR CURRICULUM
     <Melodrama>
     <Commedia dell'Arte>
     <Bouffons>
     <Tragedy>
     <Clowns>
CONCLUSION
 
* Please refer here for the Workshop on Lecoq System