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Losing TouchA man without his body$
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Jonathan Cole

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778875.001.0001

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L’Homme Qui

L’Homme Qui

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Losing Touch

Jonathan Cole

Oxford University Press

This chapter relates Ian’s experiences in Paris assisting Peter Brooks’ company. Brook had been exploring a theatrical piece L’Homme Qui, based on Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, including a “Disembodied Lady,” with a condition similar to Ian. Their usual technique was to act from the “inside out,” using their own experiences to develop a character. But here they had no experience of the impairment and so were trying to move from the “outside in.” David Bennent, who was to play the person deprived of proprioception, found it too difficult, and when they heard about Ian they invited him to Paris to assist. Ian was delighted to help, and to be under the gaze of a group of artists for a change. The final piece was very well received and was later performed at the National Theatre, London as The Man Who.

Keywords:   Peter Brook, Bouffes du Nord, Oliver Sacks, L’Homme Qui, The Man Who

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