Editors' introduction

Thomas Leabhart, Franc Chamberlain

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This book documents the non-verbal, codified theatre tradition of Corporeal Mime passed from teacher to student in a way almost unknown in the West, but common in many Asian countries. Whereas the West’s classical dance has a history of nearly four centuries, Corporeal Mime was created in the twentieth century. Etienne Decroux (1898-1991), the founder and creator of this living tradition, taught for six decades. Many of his students still practise and teach his work which subverts the prevailing paradigm: text-based theatre.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Decroux Sourcebook
EditorsThomas Leabhart, Franc Chamberlain
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic) 9781136344817
ISBN (Print)9781138144163
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


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