Training for Actors and Dancers 2012

workshop 2010-11

Thomas Leabhart
December 17 - 21, 2012
Corporeal Mime Workshop


Saturday, December 15 FREE

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  What is Theatre Anthropology?

Developed by Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, and other collaborators, it explores an organic study of an actor's expression: the human behavior in its condition metaquotidian. Corporeal movement searches for its interior source, the impulses that give birth to its immanence. There are a series of exercizes created to explore the fluidity of these impulses.
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The Art of Mime

"Decroux once said that the technique was the ethic and vice versa. " -Eugenio Barba

  And Corporeal Mime?
Created by Etienne Decroux, the technique empowers the actor as a creator. It teaches the isolation of movement of the different parts of the body, and the composition and its infinite possibilities; playing with dynamo-rhythm; and, finally the transmission of a specific vocabulary that permits the personal expression and creation of each actor/dancer.   
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Leela Alaniz


Leela Alaniz, Director / Actor for mime, dance, and theater

Brazilian born actress. She received a scholarship grant to participate in UTA, a center of research for theatre anthropology in Brazil. In 1994, she founded Casa de Artes BAKA, a multicultural arts center. For her direction and management of the Casa de Artes BAKA, she received the coveted SATED prize. From 1997 to 2003, she studied corporeal mime under Thomas Leabhart in California and Paris, eventually becoming his assistant. She has directed several shows and has taught courses in California, Europe, Brazil, Argentina and Singapore. Her masters thesis concerning "The dyanamo-rhythm of Etienne Decroux” will be published in the next edition of the Mime Journal*. She is currently in the PhD program of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle University in theater studies.

* Mime Journal - Thomas Leabhart editor, Pomona College, California.


Contact: +33 (0) 6 78 14 27 10
email: leela(at)