Pedagogic Guides of the Two voyages
Aurelian Koch trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where he also studied at the LEM (Laboratory for the Study of Movement), a course relating movement to architecture. In 1993, he co-founded Bouge-de-là Theatre in Oxford, where he was Joint Artistic Director for 12 years. He produced, designed and toured 7 professional shows and worked with young people on over 80 projects, of which over 15 were devised shows. Aurelian has also designed for other companies, among them Foursight Theatre and Pop-up Theatre.
In 2002, Aurelian completed a three month animation course in Bristol and has since worked with Aardman Animations. In 2005, he was appointed as the lead artist in the development of the new Pegasus Theatre building, working in collaboration with the architect’s design team to implement the public art aspect of the project.
Aurelian has been teaching the Spacelab at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts) from 2005-2016, and is a freelance movement and design consultant working with companies like ‘The Clod Ensemble’. He is currently a movement teacher at the Oxford School of Drama.
Aurelian was involved extensively with 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space in Newbury and, as a result, performs in the large-scale outdoor production of ‘Furious Folly’. Aurelian has just launched 3D\Laboratory, a programme offering workshops and residencies inspired by the LEM at the Lecoq school in Paris, which explore the fundamental relationship between the human body and the space it inhabits and how the two influence and change each other.
Aurelian lives near Oxford with his family.
Amy Russell - Founder and Pedagogic Director - is a senior teacher in the pedagogy of Jacques Copeau/Suzanne Bing/ and Jacques Lecoq. She is also an award-winning playwright. She was a pedagogic student of M. Lecoq in 1997-98, and subsequently created a complete training based on this pedagogy under the auspices of Naropa University, the Naropa MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre, and was Chair of MFA until 2010. She was Pedagogic Co-Founder of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2003, and lead teacher at this school in London and Berlin until 2017. She has taught workshops and trainings internationally, independently and for theatre schools and universities.
Amy is also a qualified and accredited Gestalt psychotherapist, a facilitator of group process for devising ensembles and an academic researcher.
She is currently pursuing doctoral research at the University of Tasmania. Her areas of research are focused on the interdisciplinary study of spatial theory and Lecoq’s devising pedagogy. Her dissertation, “Devising Lecoq’s Geodramatic Territories as Critical Spatial Practice” speaks to the possibilities that devising holds for understanding the social practice of space and the revolutionary potential of collaborative creation
Ed Woodall is an actor, an award-winning director and a now a Feldenkrais Practitioner. Ed studied English Literature and Language at Manchester University; joined the Manchester Community Circus, and started his pedagogic journey by teaching clowning to prisoners in the infamous Strangeways Prison.
Ed studied two years with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and followed that by running the theatre company 'Partis-Pris', before acting in theatre, TV and film, culminating in several roles alongside Hollywood stars Russell Crowe, Gwyneth Paltrow and Andy Serkis. Ed then returned to his first love; devised theatre. He collaborated and performed in shows made by Complicite, Improbable, and Kneehigh amongst others and was in the team who came up with the puppeteering for Warhorse.
In 2004, Ed moved into teaching on a full-time basis. First, the European Theatre Artists course at Rose Bruford and the Contemporary Theatre course at East 15.
Since moving to Oxford 10 years ago Ed has focused his energy on teaching Lecoq pedagogy within a Stanislavskian framework at Oxford School of Drama (recently voted in the top 5 Acting conservatories in the world).
Jonathan Young is an award-winning theatre maker, writer and teacher. He trained for two years with Jacques Lecoq at his school of theatre and movement in Paris, before studying contemporary clowning with Philippe Gaulier and Sue Morrison. In 2001, he set up a touring company, Shams, and was its artistic director until 2012. Shams created intelligent and playful new work, often using multimedia elements, clowning, site specific or immersive projects.
Since 2012, he has continued to work freelance as a writer and director/dramaturg for other independent UK theatre companies. Since 2008, he has regularly taught movement, devising and theatre styles at drama schools and universities, including LAMDA,LISPA, GSA, Mountview, Birkbeck and Manchester Universities.
He is a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner and a screenwriter. His first short film, Padlock (2016), co-written with director Ben Hyland, won Best Film at the Bottle Smoke Film Festival and Best Thriller at the New Renaissance Film Festival.
He is currently developing a feature film script with Ben, as well as a new clown-theatre show with performers Nat Bolonkin and Pauline Morel.
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF NORMAN TAYLOR, PEDAGOGIC TRAINING 2019
THE MOVEMENT OF THE GEODRAMATIC TERRITORIES
Widely regarded as one of the finest international ambassadors of the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, Norman taught alongside Lecoq at the École Lecoq for almost 20 years. He is one of the few remaining first-generation Master Teachers of this school and is an authentic holder of this powerful pedagogic lineage. His specialty is Analysis of Movement and he has taught in over 30 countries at some of the world’s finest theatre conservatories. He is uniquely qualified to train teachers in the movement pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, of which he has an unparalleled understanding.
GESTALT GROUP PROCESS, BOTH VOYAGES
Natsu Hattori is a psychotherapist and counsellor working in London. She trained at the Gestalt Centre London and holds a Diploma in counselling, a Masters in Gestalt psychotherapy and an Advanced Diploma in individual and group psychotherapy. She is an accredited member of the UKCP and registered member of the BACP.
Natsu’s primary interest is in using embodiment and creative methods in a whole systems approach to therapy; issues of culture and difference; and the role of therapy in the service of social justice and equality. She currently works in private practice and in the charitable sector working with groups and individuals; supervises counsellors and psychotherapists; and provides editing, coaching and mentoring to academics and therapy trainees.
Born in Japan and raised in Canada, Natsu’s early background was in in the arts, youth and community theatre in Vancouver and Toronto. She holds a doctorate in literature from Oxford; and was a researcher and lecturer in drama and the history of medicine in London, and York, England. She is currently writing a group of stories about the samurai and ninja heritage in her family, as well as academic essays on language, migration and therapy for the Freud Museum and the British Gestalt Journal. Natsu lives in south London with her teenage daughter.
PEDAGOGIC GUIDES on topics of the second voyage
Kamili Okweni Feelings has worked in Philadelphia with Pig Iron Theater Company, Pulley and Buttonhole Theater, Beacon Theater, The Drama Group, Allens Lane Theater, and Stagecratfters. Kamili was a company member at TRUSTUS Theater in SC for several years; and he has worked with Trinity Repertory Theater, the Providence Black Repertory Company (PBRC), and toured with Strange Attractor Theater within Rhode Island and throughout Southeast Alaska.
Kamili is a Brown University Alum, having studied under playwrights, Paula Vogel and the late Aishah Rahman in the famed Playwriting Program. He was a Teaching Fellow in Physical Theater and Devising at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in the UK.
Giovanni Fusetti is an Italian multi-disciplinary fool. Natural Scientist, Theatre Artist, Pedagogue, Therapist and Permaculture Designer, he works internationally as a teacher and process facilitator, exploring theatre as a tool for artistic training, education, healing, personal awareness and political awakening. He has been student, pedagogic assistant and improvisation teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Former pedagogical director of KIKLOS School, he is the founding director of the International School of Theatre Creation HELIKOS. In his pedagogy, he integrates movement based theatre with different practices of physical and emotional awareness, towards the training of the actor/poet/creator. He has been midwifing clowns and other stage creatures all over the world. His 25 years of pedagogical research include training in Theatre in Education, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, Gestalt Therapy, Reichien analysis, Process Work and Permaculture.
Lazlo Pearlman is a creator, performer, director, lecturer and teacher whose work is often but not always generated by his FTM transgendered experience.
He has been making performances since he was a ten year old girl, first inspired by an obsession with black and white musicals, comedies and film noir. He has made his way through (and returned to) many performance forms including physical theatre, performance art, installations, cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville, fetish shows, camp/parody, clowning, film/video and even the occasional piece of "straight" theatre.
Lazlo holds a Master's degree in Physical Theatre, has created four one person shows, dozens of short solo works, written and directed short films and has collaborated with and directed many other performing artists. He has taught his workshops and given lectures in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Most recent projects include the new show "Dance Me to the End of Love", a work exploring love, exposure, the trans body, intimacy, vulnerability and partnering and using the strip, dance, performance art and audience participation and the feature length documentary on his work "Fake Orgasm", which toured festivals worldwide in 2011. His short film "Unhung Heroes", the first comedy about not having a dick, is available through Frameline Distribution and is viewable online. He is currently lecturing full time in Performance at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and pursuing a doctoral degree at London University's Central School of Speech and Drama in performance practice and philosophy.
Lazlo is first author on the 'Trans Arts and Artists' chapter of the book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and also served as the Art editor for the entire volume.
GUEST GUIDES, 2020
Julie Beauvais’ art is driven by her interests in embodied experience and elevation. Beauvais’ diverse works – in theatre, opera and installation – have been performed and exhibited in many countries. Not limited to the confines of theatres her practice engages the broader public sphere through hybrids of opera and monumental installation art in public space. After graduating from the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 2000, Beauvais first explored different forms of epic theatre in diverse political contexts. She directed collaborations with Brazilian, Mongolian, and Nicaraguan companies which toured Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Regularly invited to teach or talk about her work, she has been engaged by many educational institutions including HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique, ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, and EPFL - Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. In 2017-2018 Julie prepares Intérieur, after the play of M. Maeterlinck, commissioned by Ensemble Intercontemporain – founded by Pierre Boulez and directed by artistic director and composer Matthias Pintscher. She is currently directing ORLANDO, New Paradigm Opera, Performative installation for seven movements, one voice and one horizon in collaboration with LAPIS/EPFL+ECAL lab.
Keli Garrett’s plays and adaptations have been produced and developed at Sleeping Weazel in Boston, One Coast Collaboration Festival in Seattle, Mixed Blood, Penumbra Theatre, Playwrights Center, Dixon Place, The Women’s Project, the Zoo District Penumbra Theatre, The LAByrinth Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, 24 Hour Plays, Playwrights Horizon, Rites and Reason Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, City Lit Theater Company, Chicago Theater Company, Organic Theater, Providence Black Repertory and California College of Arts and Crafts. Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rhode Island Arts Council, The Joyce Foundation, City Lit Theatre and the RISD Museum have commissioned her work. Her work is anthologized in Contemporary Plays by African American Women. Born and raised in Chicago, Keli is a writer and performer. She holds a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Brown University. She is currently based in Santa Monica, CA. Keli was a 2011 McKnight Fellow.
Hussain Ismail is a poet, playwright, activist and agent of change from London’s East End. A political theorist and labour organiser, Hussain was born, took root, loved and battled in, has celebrated, upbraided, mythologized, deplored and adored his home town. He practices and teaches writing from this intense urban experience. He is a native son of two cultures and wrestles his poetry from both. Hussain lives and breathes - and breathes into his art - the hopes and despairs of the post-modern, multicultural experiment. He wants to inspire others with the freedom and fearlessness to do the same.
Mary Cait Walthall is a performer-creator, teacher, and restorative justice practitioner based out of Chicago, IL. In 2018, she created a movement-based curriculum for performance improvisation for the Annoyance Theater, and she was voted Teacher of the Year by students of the iO Theater's improv training program. She works to dismantle the school to prison pipeline by coaching Chicago Public Schools staff in Restorative Justice mindset and practices. She holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University, and in 2015 she completed the program in Advanced Devising Practice at LISPA. She was a First Voyager of Embodied Poetics in 2018.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Saskia Solomons is a theatre-maker, performer and facilitator. She has worked extensively as an actor-musician, singer, puppeteer, dramaturg and deviser of both solo and collaborative ensemble work.
She trained in the Lecoq/Copeau/Bing pedagogy of actor-led devised theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA); in Le Jeu at L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier; in Acting for Screen at the New York Film Academy and in Voice, Movement and Ensemble with Teatr Piesn Kozla (Song of the Goat Theatre).
Saskia has toured nationally and her solo work has been presented at Tripspace, Mimetic Festival and The Place, London. She has a keen interest in puppetry and has trained with Little Angel, Movingstage, Peter O’Rourke and the London School of Puppetry. She also holds a First Class BA (Hons.) in Film and Theatre from Reading University, where she was twice awarded a scholarship for high performance. Saskia is currently training as a teacher of the Lecoq/Copeau/Bing pedagogy whilst working on her first piece since developing a physical disability in 2015. Her impairment has led to a deep urgency to develop her practice and process, both as maker and facilitator, to create an accessible physical theatre.