Bristol Physical Theatre Project (BPTP) is an initiative which offers a series of workshops and practice-led research opportunities for performers and artists of various disciplines. BPTP’s approach to theatre making concentrates on the ensemble and movement-based training and stems from the idea that the actor’s creative impulse is crucial in the process of collective theatre creation. The project aims to provide its participants with a range of practical performance making and performing skills which help to develop their authentic theatrical language and can later be applied to the individual artistic practice and further training. BPTP also offers advice on movement direction and facilitates practice-led research workshops for theatre companies that seek to develop their work-in-progress material into complete productions.
About the founder and facilitator: BPTP is founded by Bristol-based performer and theatre-maker Igne Barkauskaite. Igne trained at L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE in Bristol. Whilst in Paris, Igne has also had an opportunity to train with Peter Brook (International Centre for Theatre Research) and Nina Dipla (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch). After completing her two – year course at Lecoq, Igne continued her research at Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) in Syracuse, Italy, where she also worked as a visiting movement teacher for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). As a performer and theatre maker Igne has collaborated with The Missing Pieces (Hamilton House, Bristol Old Vic), The Edible Theatre (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Uncut), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (The Paintworks, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Lithuania), O&O Ensemble (The Wardrobe, The Lyric Theatre, Theatre N16 Balham, The Shoebox Theatre, Exeter Phoenix), BreadKnives (Paris-London). She is represented by Bristol Actors Management Associates and is currently working as a visiting specialist at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.