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Enacting Lecoq

Movement in Theatre, Cognition, and Life

  • Maiya Murphy

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the theatrical movement-based pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq (1921-1999) through the lens of the cognitive scientific paradigm of enaction. The conversation between these two both uncovers more of the possible cognitive processes at work in Lecoq pedagogy and proposes how Lecoq’s own practical and philosophical approach could have something to offer the development of the enactive paradigm. Understanding Lecoq pedagogy through enaction can shed new light on the ways that movement, key to Lecoq’s own articulation of his pedagogy, might cognitively constitute the development of Lecoq’s ultimate creative figure – the actor-creator. Through an enactive lens, the actor-creator can be understood as not only a creative figure, but also the manifestation of a fundamentally new mode of cognitive selfhood. This book engages with Lecoq pedagogy’s significant practices and principles including the relationship between the instructor and student, identifications, mime, play, mask work, language, improvisation, and movement analysis.

Keywords

Jacques Lecoq Pedagogy Actor-creator Cognitive science Philosophy Body Humanities Embodiment Enaction Creativity Actor training

Authors and affiliations

  • Maiya Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05615-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05614-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05615-5
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