Etienne Decroux is the primary creator of Corporeal Mime and one of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, known for his ground-breaking use of the body as the principal means of expression on stage. This second edition combines:
an overview of Decroux's life and work
an analysis of Decroux's Words on Mime, the first book to be written about this art
a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Corporeal Mime technique.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.
Thomas Leabhart, who studied with Decroux for four years and served as his translator and teaching assistant, is Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist at Pomona College, California. He edits Mime Journal, performs and teaches internationally, and was for a decade a member of the Artistic Staff of Eugenio Barba's ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology).
List of plates List of figures Acknowledgments 1 A PROMETHEAN LIFE 2 SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF WORDS ON MIME 3 DECROUX AS DIRECTOR/CREATOR : HOW DID DECROUX MAKE A PERFORMANCE? 4 CORPOREAL MIME TECHNIQUE: PRACTICAL EXERCISES WITH IMMEDIATE APPLICATIONS Bibliography Index