Bachelard, Jousse and Lecoq

Authored by: Claudia Sachs

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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Jacques Lecoq’s notion of the ‘Universal Poetic Sense’ 1 infers a timeless dimension to his work, a connection with art since forever, beyond transitory tendencies. For Lecoq, it refers to the universal character present in all phenomena of life that permeates the vast variety of manifestations, both in life and in our bodies. It is based on the idea that all humans share a sensibility to this abstract dimension made of colours, shapes, matters, sounds and movements. He used this term in order to express his idea of the immutable essence of any thing that differentiates it from everything else. Once we identify and embody this dimension of movement within all existing things, we express it in our own way. This process can be recognised both in Marcel Jousse’s concept of mimism present in all human beings, and in Gaston Bachelard’s idea of the material imagination, which implies a concrete creation.

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