Training for Actors/Dancers
workshops 2009-10
leela Alaniz  

en français
The body's journey
The company Pas de Dieux, co-directed by Leela Alaniz and Won Kim, proposes a year of revitalizing creativity through the rediscovery of the body as a path of research and creation. In addition to the various technical workshops proposed throughout the year, the program also proposes theoretical reflection concerning the attitudes of the actor/dancer immersed in his work, therefore opening the possibility to create with the body, spirit and sentiments as a part of a continual work of self-discovery.

Throughout the 2009-10 year, the company Pas de Dieux will invite several renowned artists engaged in the corporeal research for the actor/dancer:

1st Semester: Septembre 2009 to January 2010

Leela AlanizLeela Alaniz
2 workshops:
Corporeal Mime and
Physical Training for the actor/dancer


The workshops focus on the encounters of two contemporary techniques for the actor/dancer: the organic research developed by Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba and his collaborators, and that of Corporeal Mime by Etienne Decroux. These techniques have as a point of convergence the same objective of developing the actor/dancer a stage presence and the autonomy as a creator. The exercises of the organic processes free the energetic flux starting at the level of the spinal column that spreads beyond physicality of body; developing the attention and integration of the physical, emotional, and mental centers. The Corporeal Mime isolates the different parts of the body, masters the articulations, and plays them with differing speeds, resistances, and designs of corporeal movement. The actor/dancer discovers the possibilities of creating personal compositions.

* Corporeal Mime exercises
• Scales - articulations
• Counterweights
• Dynamo-rhythm
• Walks
• Causalities: intra-corporeal and inter-spatial
• Categories of play : Man of sport, Man of the salon, Mobile Statuary, Man of Dreams,
•Study of repertory pieces of Etienne Decroux
• Improvisation
• Compositions

* The negative space exercises
- Research of the organicity, energy flux, releasing of the body, and the abandonment.
• Plastic exercises: roots, articulations, and energetics
• Dance of the Winds
• Exercices with sticks – Combats
• Compositions

* Other techniques of training
• Acrobatics – floor techniques, and carrying
• Contact Improvisation
• Alexander Technique – relaxation and liberation of articulations
• Voice, resonators
• Improvisations, play


Brazilian born actress. From 1991 to 1993, 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, France, Spain, Argentina and Brazil. 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.


practical info

Corporeal Mime
September 21 to October 2, 2009

Physical Training for the Actor
October 5 to 16, 2009

9h30 -13h monday to friday
35h / 180€
Studio Philippe Genty, Paris 11ème


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