I'm still not sure how to use this. So I'll just begin by citing an excerpt from Etienne Decroux' Words on Mime:
For a period of 30 years, the proscription of every alien
art. We shall replace the drawing-room setting with the setting of the
theatre itself, our intention being solely to provide a background for all
For the first 10 years of this thirty year period: the
proscription of any elevation on stage, such as stools, staircases, terraces, balconies, etc. The actor
will have to give the impression that he is higher and his partner lower, even
when in reality they are side by side. Later, the authorization of certain
forms of elevation on condition that they create even greater difficulties for
For the first 20 years of this thirty year period: the
proscription of any vocal sound. Then the acceptance of inarticulate cries for
five years. Finally, words are accepted for the last five years of the thirty
year period, but [they must be] invented by the actor.
After this period of war: stability. Plays shall be composed
in the following order:
A. Rough outline of the written action serving as a basis for
B. The actor
miming his action, then accompanying it with inarticulate sounds, then
improvising his text.
C. Introduction of a dramaturge to translate the
text into [the] choice language, without adding a word.
D. Reappearance of the alien
arts, but practised by the actors. And when the actor is [the] master in
his own home he shall see to the employment of dancers, singers and musicians
for the indispensable and well-defined tasks.