Training for Actors/Dancers

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Project Starting : September 5, 2011

Artistic Director

Leela Alaniz
Leela AlanizBrazilian 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.

Invited Artists et intellectals:

Lluis Graells – pratice
Lluis GraellsActor, director, professor, and artistic director for the International Festival of Mime and Gestual Theater COS of Reus, Catalonia. Earned a diploma at the l'Institut del Teatre de Barcelone in 1989. He worked with Pawel Rouba and Andrzej Leparski in mime and Pantomime, mask with Andrzej Leparski, Don Jordan y Roy Bossier, and and Commedia dell'Arte with Carlo Boso and Ferruccio Solari. After having participated as an actor and director in numerous productions such as Brecht, Molière, Goldoni, to name a few, he has taught Commedia dell'Arte for over 15 years at National and Regional Conservatories in Spain.

Gilberto Icle – pratice
Gilberto IcleBrazilian actor and director. Doctor in theater studies at the UFRGS University, Brazil. He has consecrated his thesis concerning the extra-quotidian conscious awareness of the actor. Currently, is a tenured professor at the same University. He is also the author of several books in Portuguese, Theater and Construction of the Knowledge; The Actor and the Shaman; Theater Studies as a Concern in Itself.

Since 1992, he was a member of UTA, a center of theater research and creation where he presented several shows and organized workshops in Brazil and other foreign countries.


Marc Duvillier – theory
Gilberto IcleDoctor in theater studies at the Paris 3 University, Sorbonne Nouvelle, he has dedicated his thesis to « The Mask (1908-1929) ». Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at the Paris 3 University. A retrospective of the history of theater will be proposed through three conferences, in the perspective of the actor/dancer, creator and material of art:

1) History of the body in theater
2) Historical perspectives of three grand experimenters: Edward Gordon Craig, Antonin Artaud, Etienne Decroux
3) To eliminate the frontiers between art and the other activities of life: Robert Filliou, Chomo.

Won Kim – artistic and teaching assistant
After 8 years in the domain corporate business, he has dedicated his life since 2002 to theater studies beginning with the study of corporeal with Thomas Leabhart and continuing with Leela Alaniz. He has since played a double role as an actor and co-founder/producer of the company Pas de Dieux with Leela Alaniz. He has won the award for Best Actor at the ACTHEA festival in 2004, and has since toured with three productions in more than 8 countries, 50 festivals, and 200 presentations.

He earned a Masters in Performance Studies at the Paris 8 University Summa Cum Laude in 2007. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the same university under the direction of Katia Legeret.