Founded in 1985, the School of Corporeal Mime coordinates three complex movement techniques: Decroux, Lecoq and Feldenkrais.
The study of corporeal mime is at the heart of this two-year programme and is based on research and corporeal grammar exercises developed by Etienne Decroux (1898 - 1991). This French Master was the brilliant founder of 20th century mime and, in part, of modern theatre. In particular, the period from1940 to 1970 was fundamental to Decrouxian research and very rewarding for his most talented students, prominent among whom were Jean-Louis Barrault, Eliane Guyon Marcel Marceau and Marise Flach.
Directors such as Antonin Artaud, Jacques Copeau, Charles Dullin, Gordon Craig and many other artists stimulated Decroux to undertake his research "ferociously" (according to Gordon Craig's definition of Decroux's method) and for decades he worked to reinvent the art of mime with a modern approach.
French master Jacques Lecoq (1921-1999) greatly contributed to spreading Mime as a fundamental technique in the training of actors. Lecoq proposed the study of ‘mimism’ (mimisme) or mimicry to indicate man's innate tendency, as recognised by Aristotle, to imitate and to discover the world through mimesis and the development of movement through the use of a mask.
The Feldenkrais Method, developed by Russian-Israeli physicist, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), allows the study of the relationships between the mind and the body, making it possible to work on the economy of effort through movement awareness.