Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Founders of Theatre de Complicite

This week we look at the founders of Theatre de Complicite.
Simon McBurney studied at Cambridge and trained in Paris with Jacques Lecoq. Co-founder and Artistic Director of Complicite with whom he has devised, directed and acted in over 30 Complicite productions. As an actor Simon has performed extensively for theatre, radio, film and TV. "I still think of myself principally as a player, a performer, and an actor; an actor who also directs. Though I tend to think of directing as 'making'. From when we were very small my mother would make theatre with us. So the idea of 'making' your own theatre is something that I grew up with. The desire to 'make' I am sure is one reason why I ended up training in Paris. What I learned with Jacques was not only that theatre was a great deal larger and more difficult to define than I had ever conceived in my narrow British upbringing, but that there did appear to be huge areas in common, you cold almost say certain universal laws."

Annabel Arden, co-founder of Complicite, studied at Cambridge and trained in Paris with Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux and at Jacques Lecoq's Laboratoire d'Études du Mouvement. Annabel is one of five finalists for this year's European Woman of Achievement Award.

Marcello Magni has contributed greatly to the theatre company, being a co-founder and member of the Complicite theatre. He trained at l'ecole Jacques Lecoq and worked alongside many leading theatrical figures. He also trained at the Italia Leather Mask Making and Movement of the Mask, with a particular interest and involvement in Mime.
He has many roles of involvement within the theatre, and is a performer, director and a teacher at the NT Studio, NYT, International Workshop Festival, l'Aquila and has worked all over the world.
He seems to be a very experimental, forward thinking man as the Complicite members tend to be! He was a both a performer and a Movement and Chorus coach for a production of The Street of Crocodiles and has had experience in many different productions, both performing and directing.

Fiona Gordon, a co-founder of Complicite. Fiona is a performer; a recent production devised and performed by the complicite group is put it on your head - Fantasy show about social agonies of Englishness on the beach, it has a series of scenes presented with a minimum set and max rhythm. Physical and comic style that stems from traditions of the circus, continental theatre and silent movies.

Complicite continuously researches and trains through exploratory workshops.
These exploratory workshops are integral to the development of the Company and can be traced back beyond its foundation to the influence that teachers such as Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux had on its founder members. This long process of experimentation has resulted in some of our most successful, ground-breaking productions.

                                                                                                                                                           Researched by Charlie, Suzie and Tamar



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