Training for Actors/Dancers
leela Alaniz  

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.


Workshops 2010 - 11

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Organicity and Structure in the work of the Actor/Dancer

May 10 to 14


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.


• Research of organicity, energy flux, releasing of the body, and the abandonment.
• Exercises of articulations, point fixes, the axe of the body, line of force of movements;
• Exercises focused on the qualities of movements such as: the scales of resistance (the play of relaxation and muscular tension), rhythm and the path, and the play between the two;
• Breathing, interior seeing ;
• The relations intra-corporeal and inter-spatial causalities;
• Improvisations
• Compositions, structure ;
• Interactions, interventions;
• The research of the concentration, of the clarity and the communication of the work presented to the public


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, Singapore, Argentina and Brazil. Her Master’s thesis concerning "The dynamo-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

Organicity and Structure in the work of the Actor/Dancer
May 10 to 14

10am - 5pm tuesday to saturday
30h / 280€
Studio Philippe Genty, Paris

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