My hope, perhaps utopian, is for my students to be consummate livers of life and complete artists on stage.
This chapter examines the words of Jacques Lecoq in order to understand more fully what he thought about contemporary theatre, the pursuit of acting and the how and what of his own teaching. Together, these will enrich an appreciation of the man himself: his philosophy and view of the world beyond the confines of the teaching studio. However, as the quotation above implies, even to suggest a compartmentalisation between his views on acting or teaching and life in its wider context is misleading. Any close attention to Lecoq's utterances - written or spoken - and to what close friends or colleagues have said about him, indicates that there is an intimate, but complex, relationship between the how and what of acting, for example, and his views on the way we live - or might live - in the world. When reading The Moving Body or watching the video, Les Deux Voyages de Jacques Lecoq, one is struck by a curious combination of the practical and down-to-earth nature of his approach on the one hand, and a willing recourse to the poetic, the philosophical and the 'mystery of things' on the other. To notice these latter qualities, however, is not to suggest that Lecoq claimed guru status for himself, or indulged students who regarded their learning at