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Physical Actor Training: Two Lecoq-based workshops in November

Body, Movement, Space 

Prices: £45 (full), £35 (student, low-income/unemployed, Equity)

Time and Date: Saturday, 4 November, 12 - 5pm

Venue: Space 238, 238 Stapleton Road, Easton

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This intensive two-part workshop is designed for theatre makers and performers of all disciplines who would like to explore the founding principles of Jacques Lecoq’s approach to movement, physicality and ensemble work. The first part of the workshop will provide a variety of ensemble and individual exercises with the focus on:

- quality and analysis of movement
- levels of tensions
- dynamics of nature: elements, colours, materials, lights
- physical exploration of paintings and music

In the second part the participants will engage in the work with the Neutral Mask. The Neutral mask is essential to Lecoq’s training and encourages the actor to develop a better control over their body and foster a state of presence, awareness and scenic calm. Through the use of the Neutral mask, the students will be encouraged to go past their ‘naturalistic’ bodies in order to increase their level of physical acting and play.


Creating Movement for Performance

Prices: £45 (full), £35 (student, low-income/unemployed, Equity)

Time and Date: Saturday, 11 November, 12 - 5pm

Venue: Space 238, 238 Stapleton Road, Easton


This workshop is inspired by the teachings of Lecoq and is aimed for theatre makers and performers who are interested in exploring visual storytelling and physical performance making techniques in more detail. The aim of the workshop is to offer a range of tools that increase the theatre maker’s understanding of how movement and physicality can be used as an inspiration to develop dramatic-physical narrative, characters and emotional landscape while working on a story in an empty space. The workshop will concentrate on:


- physical improvisation

- exploration of movement and gestures to create  atmosphere/spaces

- creating choreographical sequences

- working with objects and music

- the role of the narrator 

The students will be guided through a range of stages of the story making and will present a short piece on a selected story at the end of the workshop.


* 20% discount when booking both workshops together.


About the facilitator

Igne Barkauskaite is a Bristol-based theatre maker and teacher specialising in devised performance and physical theatre. Igne trained at “L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq” (2011 – 2013) and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE (2008-2011). 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 (Syracuse) where she also worked as a visiting movement and improvisation teacher for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). As  performer and theatre maker Igne has also collaborated with The Missing Pieces (Hamilton House), The Edible Theatre (Bristol Old Vic), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (The Paintworks, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Lithuania) and others. She is represented by Bristol Actors Management and is currently working as director on “The Way I look” by O&O Ensemble which is going on tour this autumn.



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