Full-face masks, pantomime blanche and cartoon mime

Authored by: David Gaines

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138818422
eBook ISBN: 9781315745251
Adobe ISBN: 9781317594635

10.4324/9781315745251.ch15

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Abstract

When Jacques Lecoq asked me to join the faculty of the École Lecoq and teach alongside him, it was in part because my company, The Moving Picture Mime Show, 1 had developed and produced a number of successful performance pieces in styles of mask work from larval to commedia, and in an updated version of pantomime blanche that would be called ‘cartoon mime’. This production success would not have been possible without our exposure to masks, and the dramatic level they inhabit, that we learned at the École Jacques Lecoq.

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