The Body’s Journey – Devising

This proposition is turned exclusively to artists: actors, dancers, mimes, musicians, puppeteers, etc., who wish to develop their artistic creations projects in format “solo”. It consists in two parts: two weeks of physical and vocal training, followed by two weeks of creation atelier. The result will be showed to the audience.

To participate in this work, a physical work experience is required, as well as an artistic creation project that will be discussed during a personal appointment (or by skype) with Leela Alaniz.

The first two weeks we will work 4 hours per day, 2:30 of training and 1:30 drive creative workshop; the next two weeks we will spend the 4 hours of work to artistic creation.

This workshop is open to all actors, dancers, musicians, puppeteers, professionals or amateurs.


The training follows the method developed by Leela Alaniz over the last 15 years of pedagogical work, research and artistic creation. It concentrates on the fusion of two contemporary techniques for the actor/dancer training: The Organic Lineage research initiated and developed by Jerzy Grotowski and then by Eugenio Barba and his collaborators (Theatre Anthropology); and the Corporeal Mime of Etienne Decroux. These different techniques find a commonplace in that they both develop through the actor/dancer the sense of scenic presence and autonomy as an author/performer/creator.

The exercises of the organic process liberate the energetic flux from the spinal column, and propagate to transform the physical body. The actor/dancer thus develops a concentration and identifies with his physical, emotional and mental centers. Instead of searching for a specific expression, the actor/dancer plunges into a real process of organic research, which in turn becomes an artistic expression. The corporeal movements are initiated by impulses that are germinated from the interior of the body and develop within and throughout it. The research in theatre anthropology draws its inspiration from traditional theater from diverse parts of the world.

In the practice of Corporeal Mime, the actor/dancer finds the possibility of creating his or her own personal compositions in isolating different parts of the body, in mastering its articulations, and in playing with varying speeds, resistances and designs of corporeal movement. Getting an enhanced respect and knowledge of his body, the actor/dancer becomes able to listen to his body’s impulses, to leave out stereotyped moves and behaviors and to explore news organic possibilities through the singularity and rigor of the work developed by Leela Alaniz.


Concerning the devising process, each solo is directed by the attentive eyes of Leela.  We are accepting projects from the following areas:

• dance-theater; theater ; mime; physical theater; musicians.


A workshop of production will be directed by Won Kim, based on the advice to start artistic projects in the best conditions.

Program :


  • Exercises of the Organic Lineage – research of organicity, energetic flux, opening the blockages of the body, and of the release.
  • Exercises of attention and interior awakening
  • Stage Presence
  • Corporeal Mime – Technique Etienne Decroux – articulations, counterweights, dynamo-rhythm, intra-corporeal and inter-spatial causalities.
  • Alexander Technique – relaxation and liberation of the articulations
  • Voice – corporeal resonators, text and singing
  • Improvisations, play


Concerning the devising process, each solo is directed by the attentive eyes of Leela.  We accept projects from the following areas:

• dance-theater; theater ; mime; physical theater; physical theater; musicians.


A workshop of production will be directed by Won Kim, based on the advice to start artistic projects in the best conditions.

Instuctors : 

Leela Alaniz
Co-director of Cie Pas de Dieux, doctor in Theatre Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III University, she conducted her dissertation entitled: “The Thinker Body, the Dancer Mind – The Actor in his Quest for the Lost Unity”, under the direction of Monsieur Georges Banu in 2014 and will published very soon by the L’Entretemps Ed., Paris.

Leela Alaniz’s career consists of a constant round-trip movement between the practice and the theory of theater. With over 20 years of research in Theatre Anthropology in addition to 16 years of Corporeal Mime practice, she continues to teach many workshops and gives conferences in disparate countries and regions such as Brazil, France, Singapore, United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, and Argentina.

After a double major in Physical Education and Theater Studies in Brazil, she received a scholarship grant to participate in UTA, a center of research for Theatre Anthropology in Brazil. In 1994, she founded and directed Casa de Artes BAKA, a multicultural arts center, for her direction and management 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. In 2002, she went to France and undertook a Masters in Theatre Studies at the Paris VIII University. Her Master thesis on “The Dynamo-Rhythm of Etienne Decroux and His Successors”  has been translated into English and published online in “Mime Journal”, Ed Pomona College (California), 2013, (for free download go to :

Leela was a full time professor of Movement for Acting and Performance at Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in Singapore from 2012 to 2014. Leela has played and directed several plays during the last 25 years.

Won Kim
Ph.D. in Esthetics, Sciences, and Technologies of Arts, Paris 8 University. With Korean origins and American nationality, Won Kim discovered quite early the importance of intercultural research between Asian and Occidental cultures. Since 2002, after eight years in the corporate marketing, he has decided to dedicate his life to the learning of physical theatre with Thomas Leabhart and Leela Alaniz. He has played a dual role as actor and co-founder/producer of the company Pas de Dieux with Leela Alaniz. He has also assisted Leela in the development of her own method of actor/dancer training based on the influences of Etienne Decroux and Jerzy Grotowski, in the production of workshops and the development of the full-time training program, The Body’s Journey. In September 2014, he has earned his Ph.D. in Esthetics, Sciences, and Technologies of Arts with Summa Cum Laude at Paris 8 University. His dissertation is entitled, “Corporeal Mime Counterweights in the Contemporary World,” directed by Katia Légeret. He is also an assistant professor at Paris 8 University teaching courses related to mime and physical theatre.


November 7 to December 3, 2016

Hours: Monday to Friday – 9am to 1pm
Total: 80 hours / 20h per week

Final Presentation: December 3
Fee: 420€


Funding possibilities available through AFDAS (French nationals only).
Contact us for more information.


15, 20 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004, Paris
Studio May B and Noces


By phone :
+33 (0) 7 50 46 40 62

By email : Leela ALANIZ

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