This year, around this time commemorates a decade since I initially stepped onto the Lecoq floorboards. In the enchanting realm of theatre, where words meet movement, the Jacques Lecoq pedagogy has been my guiding star—a transformative journey that has unlocked the door to crafting poetic, moving theatre shows. Especially when it comes to approaching the smallest mask in the world; the red nose.
👣 The Power of the Body as a Storyteller: Lecoq’s teachings have gifted me a profound appreciation for the body’s eloquence. Every gesture, every step, every nuance becomes a note in a symphony of comedic storytelling.
🎭 Characters Beyond Words: With Lecoq, characters cease to be mere words on a page. They become living, breathing entities birthed from the depth of movement. Through masks, mime, and physical exploration, I’ve discovered the art of shaping and embodying characters in a way that transcends the boundaries of language.
🎶 The Dance of Emotion: Emotions are not just felt; they are danced. Lecoq’s pedagogy has shown me that emotions can be conveyed through the subtlest of movements—the quiver of a hand, the arch of a back, or the rhythm of a heartbeat.
🌌 Creating Worlds Without Limits: In the Lecoq universe, the stage knows no bounds. It’s a canvas where imagination runs wild, and the laws of physics are mere suggestions. Through physical improvisation, I’ve witnessed the birth of surreal landscapes, the magic of impossible encounters, and the beauty of limitless creativity.
💡 A Journey of Self-Discovery: Beyond the artistry, Lecoq’s pedagogy has been a journey of self-discovery. It’s an exploration of my own physicality as i get older, an excavation of hidden facets of myself, and a continual process of growth and revelation.
🌟 Crafting Poetic Moving Theatre: With every step, every mask donned, every character embodied and inspired, I’ve learned to craft theatre that is not just seen but felt. It’s theatre that lingers in the hearts of the audience, leaving them with a sense of wonder and a yearning for more.
In embracing the Lecoq pedagogy, I’ve found a path to create theatre that moves and is not bound by the limitations of words. It’s a journey that continues to inspire, challenge, and illuminate my artistic soul, and I’m endlessly grateful for the poetic world it has allowed me to weave on the stage.
Alicia Gonzalez is a clown and coach living the beautifool life.