UNITEC & University of Auckland
Bienvenue au théâtre du geste – Welcome to the theatre of gesture: Welcoming Jacques Lecoq’s theatre methodology in New Zealand
This presentation looks at the arrival and dissemination of Jacques Lecoq’s theatre methodology in New Zealand via the work of the graduates of L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. It presents the timeline of the diaspora of Lecoq’s graduates in New Zealand based on the examination of archival material from Lecoq’s school. L’École officially opened in 1956. Thirty-five people attended the school between 1958 and 2019, and went on to disseminate Lecoq’s knowledge in New Zealand. The first local to attend the school was Yvonne Cartier in 1958, and the spread of Lecoq’s approach to the theatre in New Zealand gained momentum with Francis Batten and Theatre Action’s arrival in 1971 and continued through for another four decades.
This presentation is part of my PhD research at the University of Auckland about the genealogy of Jacques Lecoq’s theatre methodology in New Zealand and Brazil. This study looks at the diaspora of Jacques Lecoq’s theatre methodology and the history of the importation of his mimo-dynamic approach to theatre creation in both countries.
The presentation is a voyage through images of the descendants of Jacques Lecoq in New Zealand and a reflection on the welcome of Lecoq’s approach to theatre in New Zealand.
Pedro Ilgenfritz. BA Theatre – UDESC/Brazil, MTA Theatre Directing – Toi Whakaari & Victoria University of Wellington/New Zealand. Pedro Ilgenfritz a Brazilian born theatre practitioner and a senior lecturer at Unitec – Performing and Screen Arts Department in Auckland, New Zealand. His work is centred on the investigation of acting training methodologies and he researches popular forms of theatre such as clowning, mime and mask training. He is currently a PhD candidate at University of Auckland where he is investigating the genealogy of Jacques Lecoq theatre methodology in New Zealand and Brazil.