Lekain


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Lekain

(ləkăN), 1728–78, French actor, whose original names was Henri Louis Cain. In 1750 he made his debut at the Comédie Française and became a protégé of VoltaireVoltaire, François Marie Arouet de
, 1694–1778, French philosopher and author, whose original name was Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire personifies the Enlightenment.
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. Together with Mlle Clairon, he took steps to introduce simple, realistic acting and historically accurate costuming. Because of the low status accorded to actors in his time, Lekain served three prison terms, once because he declined to appear on stage with an actor who had disgraced the company. His memoirs were published in 1825.
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This is certainly Voltaire's view of dramatic creation, as shown in his letter of December 16, 1760, to the actor Henri Lekain (D9472): "L'interet doit etre dans les choses qu'on dit, et non pas dans de vaines decorations; l'appareil, la pompe, la position des acteurs, le jeu muet sont necessaires; mais c'est quand il en resulte quelque beaute, c'est quand toutes ces choses ensemble redoublent le noeud et l'interet.
Riccoboni's explanations sur la declamation were improved by other Italian and French actors in the late eighteen century and in the early decades of the nineteenth century, among others Antonio Morrocchesi who published in 1832 Lezioni di declamazione and Emanuele Bidera who published in 1842 Larte di declamare, and Maduit-Larive's Cours de declamation prononce a l'Athenee de Paris, Delaunay, 1810; Henri Louis Lekain's Memoires de Lekain, precedes de reflexions sur cet acteur, et sur lart theatral, par F Talma (1825), and Francois Joseph Talma's Memoires Historiques et Critiques sur E.