Lecoq and architecture

Authored by: Laura Gioeni

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


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There are things in our lives that, so to speak, work in background: pearls of wisdom that help our comprehension of the world and provide a key to understanding and making sense of our practices. I experienced Lecoq’s theatrical pedagogy through the teaching of two of his former students at the School of Mimodrama in Milan, during the early years of my university studies in architecture. Only later, when I started my professional work and, at the same time, decided to pursue my student career in philosophy, did I become aware of how that seminal experience, so far from the orthodoxy of my technical–scientific education, instilled in me a ‘submerged idea’ that deeply shaped my vision of architecture. Ludwig Wittgenstein states: ‘Architecture is a gesture. Not every purposive movement of the human body is a gesture. Just as little as every functional building is architecture’ (1998: 49). In my opinion, Lecoq’s pedagogy provides the most appropriate key to decode Wittgenstein’s riddle.

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