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Crafting Necessary Temptations and Needful Freedoms: Lecoq’s Actor–Instructor Relationship

  • Maiya MurphyEmail author
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Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Abstract

Murphy investigates the unique relationship between the actor and the instructor in Lecoq pedagogy. She explains how Lecoq’s via negativa intersects with his essentialist rhetoric and practices to forge the actor-creator. This chapter introduces the concept of satisficing to understand how Lecoq’s version of via negativa empowers the actor-creator to make choices that suit particular theatrical contexts. Murphy uses Hans Jonas’s notion of needful freedom to explain how freedom and constraint shape the emergence of the actor-creator. She addresses Lecoq’s essentialist rhetoric and practices by not only marking the ways that Lecoq destabilizes them, but also introducing how an enactive view reveals the necessity of creating pedagogical paradoxes to forge an empowered creator.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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