L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq
L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq is a school of physical theatre situated in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Founded in 1956 by Jacques Lecoq, the school is a professional two-year course. The school’s graduate list includes celebrities such as Ariane Mnouchkine of Théâtre du Soleil and Simon McBurney of Théâtre de Complicité.
The professional two-year course emphasises the body, movement and space as entry point in theatrical performance and prepares its students to create collaboratively.
The Lecoq program lasts for two years. Ninety students from all over the world are accepted in the first year, and out of these, thirty will be accepted into the second year. Classes are conducted in French.
Two year program
- The first year focuses upon observing movement dynamics in the world and in doing so, rediscovering life anew. In the words of Jacques Lecoq:
- To mime is to literally embody and therefore understand better. A person who handles bricks all day long reaches a point where he no longer knows what he is handling. It has become an automatic part of his physical life. If he is asked to mime the object, he rediscovers the meaning of the object, its weight and volume. This has interesting consequences for our teaching method: miming is a way of rediscovering a thing with renewed freshness…
- Aside from observing the world anew through the study of natural elements, materials, animals, words, sounds and colours, students also discover themselves anew with the Neutral Mask, an exercise which reveals their habits and tendencies and teaches stage presence.
- The second year focuses on exploring major dramatic territories, such as melodrama, buffoon, tragedy, Commedia dell'arte clowning and so on.
- In general, each day students have three sessions:
- Movement analysis. This includes physical preparation – learning and analysing 20 essential movements, acrobatics, juggling, stage combat, etc.
- Autocours. Each Friday, students are asked to work in groups to prepare for a performance upon a certain theme related to their other classwork. The process of collaborative directing is often frustrating at first, but allows students to engage with each other creatively. In this way, students get to know each other extremely well, and also learn to work with others to create a piece of work.
Laboratory of Movement (LEM)
- In addition to the two-year professional course the school also offers LEM, a course which studies space and rhythm through scenography.
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- Steven Berkoff - playwright and actor (Beverly Hills Cop)
- Malachi Bogdanov - English director and writer
- Paola Coletto - artistic director and co-director of Kiklos, Italy
- Sacha Baron Cohen
- Kate Brooke, screenwriter
- Philip Burgers, aka Doctor Brown, Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner / Barry Award-winner 2012,
- Bernie Collins - clown (BP Zoom)
- Richard Crawford - actor/co-director Movement Theater Studio, NYC (performer in Broadway's War Horse)
- Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey - clown/theater director/performer.
- Simon Edwards - The Actors Space
- Avner Eisenberg - performer ("Avner the Eccentric"), teacher
- Ronlin Foreman - actor, clown, School Director at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
- Giovanni Fusetti - founder and Pedagogical Director of Helikos, Florence, Italy
- Philippe Gaulier - clown, teacher and founder of L'École Philippe Gaulier
- Chris Harris, English pantomime dame, director and writer
- Kuniaki Ida - actor, director and teacher at Teatro Arsenale
- Toby Jones - actor (Infamous)
- Lassaâd Saïdi - founder of L'École Internationale de Théâtre Lassaad, Belgium - Brussels
- Adrienne Kapstein - director, founder and co-director Movement Theater Studio and SaBooge Theatre
- Simon McBurney - actor, director and founder of Théâtre de Complicité
- Gates McFadden – actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation), choreographer
- Ariane Mnouchkine - director, writer and founder of Théâtre du Soleil
- Adrian Pecknold - Canadian Mime Theatre
- Richard Pochinko - clown, teacher at the Theatre Resource Centre and creator of the "Canadian Clowning/Pochinko Clowning Technique"
- Thomas Prattki – director, founder and director of pedagogy London International School of Performing Arts
- Yasmina Reza - playwright (Art)
- Matteo Destro - co-founder of Larven Teatro, Padova, Italy
- Geoffrey Rush - actor (Academy Award-winner, Shine)
- Norman Taylor - Master of Movement Studies in Analysis and Technique
- Toby Sedgwick - director/actor (choreographed War Horse)
- Julie Taymor – film and Broadway theatre director (The Lion King)
- John Wright - director (The Wright School)
- Dean Gilmour - actor, director
- Marcio Ballas - Brazilian actor
- Isaac Alvarez - French actor, mime, choreographer, founder of Théâtre du Moulinage
- Philippe Avron - French actor
- Isla Fisher - Australian actor
- Ellie Nixon - theatre director, actress and teacher. Co-founder of La Mancha Theatre Company & La Mancha International School of Image and Gesture
- Rodrigo Malbran - theatre director, actor and teacher. Founder of La Mancha Theatre Company & La Mancha International School of Image and Gesture
- Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel - co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, Co-founder and school director of Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training
- Ata Wong Chun Tat - Hong Kong theatre director, actor and teacher. Co-founder and co artistic director of Théâtre de la feuille, Director-Researcher of Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio
- Elena Day - Originator of the Green Bird in Cirque du Soleil's LA NOUBA ((Running in Orlando, FL since December 23, 1998). Creator of on the NOse, a tribute to theatrical clowning on film and stage.
- The official website of the school 
- Lecoq, Jacques (2000) The Moving Body. London: Methuen.
- A comprehensive overview of his pedagogy written by Jacques LeCoq himself. Originally published as Le Corps poétique in French.
- A quick overview of the school in Parisvoice