14 July → 17 July, 2022
Ljubljana, SLOVENIA



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… ), in the 20M we find the notion of “a set form” in which the artist applies some of the 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 a 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 details, 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 disappears and THE movement appears. For this reason they are an excellent training for the neutral state.

Jaques Lecoq essentialised this notion with this statement “A verb has no opinion”.
While a verb has no option, 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 this process.
The 20M are practiced by the actor alone, so they teach the individual about the necessity of taking responsibility for space, time and action, and for refining the poetic body.

Many are the benefits and pedagogic gifts of the 20M. Here are a few:

Rigor, persistence, the necessity of rehearsing, discipline, facing one’s own limits and physical habits, 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”, integrating feedback, showing the relationship between neutrality and character and between neutral movement and expressive treatment … and…

The Discobulus, attic cup ca. 490 BC


This workshop is addressed to theatre practitioners with previous experiences in movement based theatre and in the Pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq.

The training will take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The exact location is to be announced.

Classes will take place each day from 9:30 to 17:30, with one hour lunch break.

Locomotion ondulatoire, (Undulatory locomotion), Jacques Lecoq (1997)

There is no application form.
To apply please email a letter of motivation
Please include in your letter a short bio and your experience with movement-based theatre and in particular with the 20M

Please send your application to Alenka Marinic,

The 20 Movements workshop, Helikos School, Padova, December 2021

The pandemic crisis has provoked a significant upset in the livelihood of many, so the tuition is following a sliding scale approach that wants to acknowledge the difficult moment we are facing and the vital urgency we all feel to practice our art and to support each other and the Poetic Field.
If you choose to pay on the higher side of the scale, you are supporting those who have been more seriously affected, as well as supporting Giovanni’s work and research with the Helikos School.
If you need to choose the lower end of the scale, you are allowing support to be shared. 
We are in this pandemic together, and together we need to care for the poetic garden.
Please indicate in your application email the amount that you choose to pay.

Early Bird Tuition: Euros 350 to 500, if full payment is sent before June 15th.

Full Tuition: Euros 450 to 600, if full payment is sent after June 15th

Once accepted, to confirm the enrollment, a deposit of EURO 200 is due.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Once the application is accepted, spots in the class will be given in the order the application was received.
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.
The workshop fee does not include the accommodation. The organization will provide support for the research of accommodation.


If by this date the minimum number of participants will not be reached, the workshop will be cancelled and all paid tuition will be refunded.

Once the workshop will be confirmed, participants will receive a message containing further practical details about the workshop, as well as the details of the anti-covid health and safety regulations that the group will have to comply with.

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 workshop and for applications, please contact ALENKA MARINIC at


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 48hours before the start, and a valid Vaccination Certificate or a certificate of recovery from Covid.