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13 September, 2020  → 18 September, 2020 - Padova, ITALY



La rose des efforts, Jacques Lecoq (1997)
(The rose of efforts)

The 20 Movements (20M) is a series of movements devised by Jacques Lecoq and taught at his school as a form of practice for the actor. They contain some fundamental principles of movement in the theatrical space. Each of these movements is a “form” to be learnt, practiced, rehearsed, refined and performed.

As in martial arts or in any artistic discipline (music, dance, painting, sculpture… ), in the 20M we find the notion of “a set form” in which the artist applies some of the fundamental rules of this art.
Similar to what in music is an “exercise de style” or a “divertimento,” each of the 20M is a piece of writing in which the actor practices and explores one, or more, specific techniques or themes.
Like scales for a musician, the 20M are a form of practice that the actor is never too good to abandon. It’s a movement training that can continue for the entire career of the actor-creator.


As referential forms, they are “impossible” in the sense that it is impossible to perform them perfectly. Therefore they can be practiced over and over, in more and more details, in the quest for the “justesse” of gestures.

They teach the humility of practice. You can always be corrected; therefore, you can always re-learn them and always teach them.

Each of them is a referential movement that allows the actor to understand the many expressive variations of that movement. 
They are practiced in a state of neutrality. The body is constantly reminded to stay in a pre-character state. The actor's persona disappears and THE movement appears. For this reason they are an excellent training of the neutral state.

Jaques Lecoq essentialized this notion with this statement "A verb has no opinion".  
While a verb has no option, the character does, and their opinion will appear in a particular way they engage with the action. The 20M allows a extremely accurate observation of this process.

The 20M are practiced by the actor alone, so they teach the individual about the necessity of taking responsibility for space, time and action, and for refining the poetic body.


Many are the benefits and pedagogic gifts of the 20M. Here are a few:

Rigour, persistence, the necessity of rehearsing, discipline, facing one’s own limits and physical habits, quest for neutrality, commitment to space, commitment to silence, commitment to movement, the humility of making mistakes and the courage of stating them, responsibility of creating space and time, seeing the difference between everyday movements and transposed Movement, letting go of personal adjustments and comments, losing the opinions on movement, discovering the state of "economy of movement", integrating feedback, showing the relationship between neutrality and character and between neutral movement and expressive treatment...

The Discobulus, attic cup ca. 490 BC



This workshop is addressed to theatre practitioners with previous experiences in movement based theatre and in the Pedagogy of Jaques Lecoq.

The training will take place in Padova, Italy. Participants will gather at the HELIKOS STUDIO
, Via Monte Solarolo 16, PADOVA, ITALY and most classes will happen in outdoor locations around the city of Padova.


Locomotion ondulatoire, (Undulatory locomotion), Jacques Lecoq (1997)



There is no application form.
To apply please email a letter of motivation
Please include in your letter a short bio and your experience with movement-based theatre and in particular with the 20M

Please send your application to giovanni.fusetti@helikos.com

Once accepted, to confirm the enrollment, a deposit of EURO 100 is due.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

Once the application is accepted, spots in the class will be given in the order the application was received.
The class will be confirmed as soon as it reaches 8 participants. Once 10 participants will be confirmed, the workshop is full, and a waiting list will be created.


The training will happen in the rigorous respect of the anti-Covid regulations of Regione Veneto (social distancing, face masks indoor if the safety distance cannot be maintained, frequent hand sanitising, sanitising of surfaces in the studio).
All participants will have to agree in engaging with these rules.

Given the extraordinary circumstances of the
coronavirus global crisis,, the training will be confirmed ONLY if the Italian scenario will allow the safety necessary to travel and to practice in complianc with the health regulations. The final decision will be taken no later than September 1st 2020. In case of cancellation, all paid deposit and tuitions will be refunded.

We are aware that at the moment, August 2020, there are some travel restrictions in place for visitors wishing to come to Italy. You can find the most up to date information on
this websitse of the Italian Ministery of Health.

Also, some countries have established travel restrictions towards Italy. You can check your own foreign office to verify what are the travel advices and requirements.

We are aware that these restrictions will make impossible for many to join the training.
We are sad abouut this and we will organise these workshops again in the future.


The coronavirus crisis has provoked a significant loss of income to all theatre practitioners, so the tuition is following a sliding scale approach. The sliding scale wants to acknowledge the difficult moment we are facing and the vital urgency we all feel to practice our art and to support each others and the Poetic Field. Different countries have put into place different systems of public support of artists, if any, so different participants might find themselves in different financial situations. 

Please indicate in your application the amount that you choose to pay.

Tuition: Sliding scale from Euros 250 to Euros 400.

Please note that the tuition does not include accommodation and that participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Padova. After the enrolment, we will provide a list of useful information and contacts on how to organize your staying in Padova.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE : August 31th, 2020
No applications will be accepted after this date.

During these times of pandemics it is very difficult to plan ahead. This is the reason why both the info about this workshop and the deadline to enrol, come to you with very short notice. Carpe diem, Seize the day.

Once the workshop will be confirmed, participants will receive a message containing further practical details about the workshop, as well as the details of the safety anti-coved regulations that the group will have to comply with.


The workshop will be taught in ENGLISH and a basic understanding of this language is required.


Grimper (Climbing) Jacques Lecoa (1997)  


For further information about the content of the workshop
and for applicatins, please contact Giovanni Fusetti at

Design & programming : DomRadisson.net