October 31 → November 4, 2022
THE 20 MOVEMENTS OF JACQUES LECOQ
La rose des efforts, Jacques Lecoq (1997) (The rose of efforts)
The 20 Movements (20M) are a series of movements devised by Jacques Lecoq and taught at his school as a form of practice for the actor. They contain some fundamental principles of movement in the theatrical space. Each of these movements is a “form” to be learnt, practiced, rehearsed, refined and performed.
As in martial arts or in any artistic discipline (music, dance, painting, sculpture, etc.) in the 20M we find the notion of “a set form” in which the artist applies some fundamental rules of this art. Similar to what in music is an “exercise de style” or a “divertimento,” each of the 20M is a piece of writing in which the actor practices and explores one or more specific techniques or principles.
Like scales for a musician, the 20M are a form of practice that the actor is never too good to abandon. It’s movement training that can continue for the entire career of the actor-creator.
As referential forms they are “impossible”, in the sense that it is impossible to perform them perfectly. Therefore they can be practiced over and over, in more and more detail, in the quest for the “justesse” of gestures.
They teach the humility of practice. You can always be corrected; therefore, you can always re-learn them and always re-teach them.
Each of them is a referential movement that allows the actor to understand the many expressive variations of that movement.
They are practiced in a state of neutrality. The body is constantly reminded to stay in a ‘pre-character state’. The actor’s persona has to disappears as THE movement appears. For this reason they are an excellent training for the ‘neutral state’.
Jaques Lecoq essentializes this notion with this statement: “A verb has no opinion”.
While a verb has no opinion, the character does, and their opinion will appear in the particular “personal” way they engage with the action. The 20M allows an extremely accurate observation of personal process.
The 20M are practiced by the actor: alone. They teach the individual about the necessity of taking responsibility for space, time, action and for refining the poetic body.
The 20M bring many benefits and pedagogic gifts.
Rigor, persistence, the necessity of rehearsing.
Discipline, facing one’s own limits and physical habits.
The quest for neutrality.
Commitment to space, commitment to silence, commitment to movement.
The humility of making mistakes and the courage of stating them.
The responsibility of creating space and time.
Seeing the difference between everyday movements and transposed Movement.
Letting go of personal adjustments and comments, losing the opinions on movement. Discovering the state of “economy of movement” and integrating feedback.
Showing the relationship between neutrality and character and between neutral movement and expressive treatment …
The Discobulus, attic cup ca. 490 BC
This workshop is for theatre practitioners who have previous experiences in any movement theatre and for anyone interested in the Pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq.
The training will take place at Hotham Mission, 2 Elm St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia.
Classes will take place each day from 9:30 to 17:30, with one hour lunch break.
Locomotion ondulatoire, (Undulatory locomotion), Jacques Lecoq (1997)
HOW TO APPLY
There is no application form. To apply to the workshop, please email a letter of motivation to email@example.com. In your letter please share the essence of your story, vision, dream, desire, fear or inexplicable intuition that leads you to this workshop. Please include in your letter your experience with movement-based theatre and in particular with the 20M.
Giovanni will contact you after receiving the application.
Giovanni will choose students from the applications received. Places will be given in order of email submission.
The class will be confirmed as soon as it reaches 8 participants. Once 16 participants will be confirmed, the workshop is full and a waiting list will be created.
If you intend to participate, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
Once accepted, you will need to confirm your enrolment with a deposit of 300 AUD.
Early Bird Registration: AUS $ 750.
(Full tuition is due by October 1st, 2022.)
Full Price: AUS $ 850.
(If you pay after October 1st, 2022.)
For those interested in applying to more than two workshops of the series, there is a reduction of 10% on the cumulative tuition if you apply to THREE workshop, and 20% if you apply to FOUR. Please enquire for further details.
A limited number of ‘reduced tuition scholarships’ are available for this course. It is up to you to identify if you think you are in need of a reduced price. If you are interested in taking advantage of this please outline it in your letter of motivation.
Please note that tuition does not include accommodation and that participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Melbourne.
APPLICATION DEADLINE : October 15th, 2022
Enrollment situation as of October 1st: the workshop is confirmed and THREE spots are still available.
Before the beginning of the workshop the participants will receive a message outlining all practical details about the workshop.
The 20 Movements workshop, Helikos School, Padova, December 2021
The workshop will be taught in ENGLISH and a basic understanding of this language is required.
Grimper (Climbing) Jacques Lecoq (1997)
For further information about the content of the workshop
and for APPLICATIONS, please contact Giovanni Fusetti at
For enrollment and practical enquiries please contact
Tel: 04 68664466
The training will happen in the rigorous respect of the National and Regional anti-Covid regulations.
All participants will have to agree in engaging with these rules. On the first day of the class, all participants will have to present a COVID negative test (Rapid Test or PCR), taken in the 24 hours before the start.
The 20 Movements workshop, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2022