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Teacher Training in the Lecoq Pedagogy: Mime and Pantomime, Embodied Poetics



with Amy Russell, Ed Woodall and Norman Taylor

September 9 - 20, 2019, including the weekend of September 14 - 15

This two-week intensive is an immersive introduction to the pedagogy of the École Lecoq in Paris: the second year "Territory" of the Language of Gesture. It will equip theatre teachers with understanding, skills and tools with which to teach this Territory. 

Grounded in traditional Pantomime Blanche, the pedagogy of the Language of Gesture is designed to inform and inspire new gestural theatres. It forms the basis for many other styles, including theatre on tréteaux (small platforms), melodrama, and half-masked comedy.

Weekday classes will cover essential themes in this pedagogy and explore creative applications beyond pantomime, and the weekend intensive with Norman Taylor will focus in-depth on movement analysis: constructing movement and space in this Territory, and constructing pantomime characters. 

Amy Russell is founder and director of Embodied Poetics. Having trained with Jacques Lecoq as a teacher, she has taught the pedagogy for over twenty years. She co-founded the London International School for Performing Arts in 2003. She teaches internationally, specializing in teacher training. 

Ed Woodall is an actor, an award-winning director and a now a Feldenkrais Practitioner. Ed studied two years with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has collaborated and performed in shows made by Complicité, Improbable Theatre, and Kneehigh Theatre.

Norman Taylor is widely regarded as one of the finest international ambassadors of the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. Norman taught alongside Lecoq at the École Lecoq for almost 20 years. He is one of the few remaining first-generation Master Teachers of this school. His specialty is Analysis of Movement and he has taught in over 30 countries at some of the world’s finest theatre conservatories.

Mondays-Thursdays 10 am - 6 pm

Fridays 9 am - 7:30 pm

Weekend workshop: 

Saturday 1 pm - 9 pm

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Fee: £1,050

Chisenhale Dance Space, London E3 5QZ

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