Bristol Physical Theatre Project is a creative hub which offers regular training and movement research opportunities for performers and artists of various disciplines. The project’s approach to theatre making concentrates on physical ensemble devising and stems from the idea that the actor’s input is crucial in the process of theatre creation. The project seeks to develop innovative theatre languages and provide its participants with a range of practical theatre-making and performing skills which can later be applied to the individual artistic practice and further training. BPTP also offers consultancy on movement direction and facilitates research&development 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 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 teaching associate for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). Igne has collaborated with Sarah Corbett (The Swimmer and Very Modern), Whispering Woods, The Missing Pieces (Let There Be Love), The Edible Theatre (Church Opens the Gates), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (UND), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Blue Aarow), O&O Ensemble (The Way I Look), BreadKnives (Lady Like). Igne has devised workshops for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, University of the Arts London (UAL) and UWE. She is currently completing her Yoga Teacher Training with Dan Peppiatt (Yoga Like Water).