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Enacting Lecoq pp 155-182 | Cite as

Significant Practices and Principles: Play, Improvisation, Mask Work, and Language

  • Maiya MurphyEmail author
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Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Abstract

Murphy examines Lecoq’s notions of play and improvisation through enaction to show how they are ideal examples of the continuity between lower-level and higher-level cognition. This chapter includes a discussion on Lecoq’s neutral, larval, and expressive masks as tools for the actor-creator to learn how to navigate the many dimensions available to the performer. Murphy concludes with a discussion on how both Lecoq and an enactive perspective envision language as a capacity that arises from the body’s engagement with movement. In this way Lecoq’s insistence on starting from movement is revealed not as a bias against words or text-based theatre, but rather as a commitment to using a continuity of life and mind to equip the actor-creator with flexible capacities for theatrical expression.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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