Embodied correspondences with the material world: Marcel Jousse’s ‘Laboratory of the Self’ as a force for creative practice in performer training

Nixon, E (2019) 'Embodied correspondences with the material world: Marcel Jousse’s ‘Laboratory of the Self’ as a force for creative practice in performer training.' Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. ISSN 1944-3927 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

Drawing on the French anthropologist Marcel Jousse’s notion of the body as a ‘laboratory of the self’, this article considers the compositional potential of an embodied imagining process starting from a sense of being with the material element of rock, more specifically, Haytor located on Dartmoor National Park (2018). In exploring the processes that took place during this research project, I discuss how the trajectory of Jousse’s approach to learning might enrich our understandings of a theatre-making process rooted in the relationship between the self-aware body and the substances that make up our environment. I suggest how this process-led model can offer fresh insights into a performer training ethos that welcomes uncertainty and the indeterminate. How might an embodied inner sense of self prompt students to be alert to what the world is telling us, and even, as Rebecca Rupp writes, ‘flip the blindfolds off our preoccupied eyes’ (Rupp, 2005, p. 130)?

Item Type: Article
Keywords: devising, research project, Marcel Jousse, ‘interssusception’, mimesis
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 17:23
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 09:48
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