Dr. Rick Kemp, Department of Theater and Dance, will present his paper, “Movement, Metaphor, and Meaning: Cognitive Principles in the Work of Jacques Lecoq,” at the national conference of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), to be held in Seattle, Wash., on November 18–21, 2010.
ASTR is the leading society for research in theater and performance studies in the USA and the only such organization to be affiliated to the International Federation of Theatre Research.
Kemp’s paper combines his extensive professional experience as an actor and director with his doctoral research into the cognitive processes involved in acting. In it, he argues for the integration of physical and psychological processes in actor training, an approach that embraces the concept of the “embodied mind” that is now current in cognitive studies.
This argument is made through an analysis of the connections between physical experience and metaphorically sourced mental concepts in the teaching of French theatre practitioner Jacques Lecoq.