Bristol Physical Theatre Project facilitates 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 performer’s creative input is crucial in the process of theatre creation. The project provides 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.
About the founder: BPTP is founded by performer and theatre-maker Ignė Barkauskaitė. Ignė is an alumna at Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE in Bristol. Whilst studying in Paris, Ignė has also trained with Peter Brook (International Centre for Theatre Research) and Nina Dipla (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch). Ignė’s work includes Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Simon McBurney, Complicite), Megalith (Tom Bailey, Mechanimal), UND (Tom Bailey, Mechanimal), The Swimmer (Sarah Corbett), Let There Be Love (Anton Philips), Lady Like (Justine Arden), The Way I Look (OO Ensemble), collaboration with Panevėžio Dramos Teatras (Panevėžys, Lithuania) and Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (Siracusa, Italy). Ignė has been working as a visiting movement and devising specialist at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and University of the Arts London. She is also a qualified yoga instructor which she integrates in her creative and training facilitation practice.