Jean-Louis and Kristof both share the belief that actors must see and feel the world through the eyes and bodies of animals. The study of animals enables actors to act and react in new ways and to enrich and expand their own physical and emotional world, which includes the discovery of new, surprising ways of moving and acting.
In order to “feel” the animal’s inner and outer life, the actor’s body must be able to physically respond like the animal in its natural environment and therefore acquire different qualities, such as floating, diving, vibrating, jumping, propelling, crawling, etc. Learning to connect to our shared head-to-spine relationship and to our physical center — our breath — unlocks a different rhythm in our bodies.
Fundamentally, we are animals and we have rhythm, shape, weight, texture, color. We have many things in common and also different ways of behaving — and animals may have a fresh point of view. Human beings most basic functions in life are exactly the same as animals; most importantly, birth, rites of passage, creating family, and death which all bring us most in contact with our animal self. Animals give the actor a direct link to truth, access to an exhilarating presence, and bring the focus to the moment. They are natural guides to connecting our innate human energies in order to create an unforgettable character.