British movement directors

Authored by: Ayse Tashkiran

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.ch25

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Abstract

A movement director works as part of a creative theatre team on the physical life of a production. That might entail creating a movement language or choreography or movement training with actors. Movement direction is a vibrant, ever-growing practice in British theatre, as well as in opera and film. This practice has a longstanding connection to Lecoq’s pedagogy, and this chapter traces a lineage of movement direction from an early Lecoq-trained practitioner, Claude Chagrin, to the present-day practices of four movement directors. They also trained at the Lecoq School in Paris and are currently movement directing in a range of mainstream theatre settings in Britain. I will be referring to conversations with Joseph Alford, 1 Joyce Henderson, 2 Toby Sedgwick, 3 and to my own movement direction practice. 4

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