The actor/creator and three American ensembles

Authored by: Susan Wright Thompson

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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Some of the most exciting and provocative new work from the latter half of the twentieth century up until the present day has come from artists trained at the Lecoq School. While there have been books which focus on Jacques Lecoq’s influence on theater practice in Europe, little has been written to assess the impact of Lecoq’s pedagogy in the US. Consequently, there is an uncharted body of work generated by Lecoq-trained artists:

By the summer of 2006, 4,506 students had attended Lecoq’s school from eighty-one countries, including 454 students from the United States. Of the total number of students who attended the school, a little over 1,500 had attended the two-year program, including an estimated one hundred Americans. The international nature of Lecoq’s school tends to geographically distribute trained artists haphazardly from year to year. One result is that graduates who wish to continue working with others in their year, end up forming international companies. The stresses on these companies are considerable, but the impulse to form them after the ensemble experience of the school is almost irresistible.

(Thompson, 2007: 5) Lecoq-trained companies and individuals working in the US today include Avner Eisenberg (Maine); Dody DiSanto and The Center (Washington, DC); Deborah Fortson and Tempest Productions (Boston); the artists of Pig Iron and their school (Philadelphia); Julie Taymor (New York); Theater Imago (Oregon); Richard Crawford, Adrienne Kapstein, and The Movement Theater Studio (New York); The Moving Company (Minneapolis); Amanda Huotari and Celebration Barn (Maine); Theater Grottesco (Santa Fe); Pilgrim Theatre (Ashfield, Massachusetts); Wakka Wakka Productions (New York); Gates McFadden (Los Angeles); Ronlin Foreman (Director, Dell’Arte School, California); UMO Ensemble (Washington); Jim Calder (New York); David Gaines (Washington, DC); Paul Herwig (Minneapolis); Arne Zaslove (Oregon); Jonathan Becker (Ohio); and Stanley Sherman (New York).

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