Judita Vivas is a Lithuanian actress and physical theatre artist.
Her performances are physically and visually dynamic, drawing on real stories, mythologies and autobiographical narratives. The work combines somatic sensitivity with movement and voice, ensemble work, storytelling and playful experimentation with tangible materials.
Since 2008, Judita has trained with various international theatre practitioners, devised and performed in a large number of performance projects in Europe and the UK, and collaborated with theatre and multimedia artists.
Judita holds a PhD in theatre studies from the University of Kent and regularly leads physical theatre classes and workshops.
My physical theatre practice encompasses rigorous physical and vocal training, improvisation, exploring text and objects as well as ensemble and partner work. With a special attention to inner awareness, outer impulses and the flow of energy, my approach serves to sensitise the body and its responsiveness, thus enriching the physical presence of a solo performer or ensemble.
The performance work I create is underlined by contemporary performance devising techniques and thinking. The work is physical, visual and poetic; it shifts between presence and representation, layers mythologies with true stories and looks for surprising uses of movement, music and objects, in order to create theatre that is lively and thought-provoking.
My most recent performances have drawn on interdisciplinary collaboration (Daphne in Three Movements), experimentation with text collages (Mr Jordan's Funeral), magic feminism (Seven Petticoats), autobiographical material (my grandparents' deportation to Siberia in Adventures in Black and White) and documentary material (Side Roads).
My teaching and workshops are firmly grounded in physical approach to theatre training. I apply techniques and exercises that challenge performer's stamina, stimulate her focus and the overall presence with the aim to increase the range of physical and vocal expression. Focusing on interoception and staying in the 'here and now', thus remaining open to the internal and external stimuli, the practical work is physically demanding, yet also playful, improvisational and spontaneous in nature.
I am always happy to lead a workshop, contact me for more information and rates.
My current practice as research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations: 1. CRACKS -improvisation practices in performance and architecture (together with Dr Carolina Vasilikou); 2. and the use of virtual technologies in rehearsal with Foxtale Ensemble.
My previous academic work questioned the status of human body in contemporary Western culture and performance. With an emphasis on deliberate display and materiality, I explored new corporeal manifestations and argued for a closer look at the material layer of our physicality.
Hurst A. and Vivas J. (2016) 'iPad Svoboda: The Physical Theatre of Projected Light' in Inhabiting The Meta Visual: Contemporary Performance Themes, ed. by H. G. Markstein and A. M. Steijn, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press
RECENT PERFORMANCE WORK
2018 Side Roads with Acting Now; a socially engaged theatre project for people with and without mental health challenges. Performances: Cambridge, Huntington and Saint Ives (UK). Funded by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
2018 Urban Animal: The Hour of the Mayfly a multi-year performance project with DUENDE Ensemble, directed by John Britton. Performances: Rabbithole Theatre (Athens, Greece).
2017-18 Adventures in Black and White with Double Trouble, supported by Starting Blocks (Camden People's Theatre) and Battersea Arts Centre, funded by Arts Council England. Performances: Camden People's Theatre (2017 & 2018), Streatham Space Project and Voila! Europe festival 2018.
2017 Daphne in Three Movements, multimedia project with Dr Rosemary Klich and Foxtale Ensemble, online performance installation and work-in-progress performance (Canterbury, UK). Funded by Arts Council England.
2016-18 Herring Girls, performance project with dance artist Vicci Riley, with residential support form LIC Studio (Liverpool, UK) and Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania), funded by Arts Council England.
2016 -17 Seven Petticoats, directed by John Britton, dramaturgy by Rosemary Klich. Performances: Lumley Studio (Canterbury, UK), Herstory Festival (London, UK), Chester University (Chester, UK), Drayton Arms Theatre (London, UK), Art Factory (Athens, Greece) and Lithuanian National Theatre (Vilnius, Lithuania). Supported by University of Kent.
2016 Foxtale Ensemble collaboration with Spun Glass Theatre (Jessica Cheetham and Simon Magnus). Performed at Aphra Studio, Canterbury, UK.
2015-16 Mr Jordan's Funeral: In Absence of His Memory with Foxtale Ensemble. Performances: Aphra Studio, Kent School of Arts Summer Festival, (Canterbury, UK), Brighton Fringe 2016 and Camden Fringe 2016. Supported by University of Kent.
2014 Comings and Goings with Foxtale Ensemble, performed at Jarman Studio (Canterbury, UK). Supported by University of Kent.
2014 Founded Foxtale Ensemble, international contemporary performance company.
2013-16 Etched multimedia collaboration with Andy Hurst. Performances: Sounds New Festival, Anselm Studio (Canterbury, UK), Tadeusz Kantor Festival, Lumley Studio (Canterbury, UK), Cultural Exchanges Festival 2016 (Leicester, UK). Supported by University of Kent and Christ Church University.
2012-2013 Martyr Red with Frank Camilleri, Icarus Performance Project. Performances: Jarman Studio (Canterbury, UK), University of Huddersfield (UK), MITP (Valletta, Malta). Supported by University of Kent and University of Malta.
2012 – 2016 PhD, University of Kent, European Theatre Research Network.
2010 – 2012 MA European Theatre, University of Kent.
2005 – 2009 MDrama, University of Kent.
2018-19 Training with Acting Now: Theatre of the Oppressed and Applied Theatre techniques, Cambridge (UK).
2018 Training with DUENDE, physical and vocal training, basic choreography, Athens with John Britton and Eva Tsourou.
2016-17 Training with Vicci Riley, movement improvisation, Liverpool (UK) and Arts Printing House (Vilnius, Lithuania).
2016 Performing at the Edge #5, movement and vocal improvisation, basic choreography with John Britton, Eva Tsourou and Aliki Dourmazer (DUENDE), Lesvos, Greece.
2015-16 Vocal training sessions with Gey Pin Ang (Sourcing Within, previously a member of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards), University of Kent (UK).
2015 Collective Creation for Solo Performers, solo movement improvisation and creating performance material, with John Britton (DUENDE), Au Brana, France.
2015 Intensive training with SITI Company (Suzuki and Viewpoints), Falmouth, UK.
2014 Collective Creation for Solo Performers, solo movement improvisation and creating performance material, with John Britton (DUENDE), Au Brana, France.
2014 Self-With-Others workshop, ball work and movement improvisation with John Britton (DUENDE), Leeds, UK.
2013-ongoing Developing my own training methodology: movement and vocal training, somatic sensitivity, solo and ensemble performer training.
2011-12 Vocal Action, vocal and movement training with Electa Behrens, Canterbury, UK.
2010 Intensive training with Teatr Zar (Theatre Zar), Wroclaw, Poland.
2009 Workshops on movement and acting techniques at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT), Russia.
2007-13 Intensive psycho-physical training, based on Grotowski and Decroux, with Icarus Performance Project, Malta and UK.
2006-07 Training and devising Ludd with Bill Hopkinson, Canterbury, UK.
2005-09 MDrama at the University of Kent, specialising in Contemporary Performance Practice, Canterbury, UK.