“Foxtale is a group of international actresses who are pushing at the received notion of theatre, twisting narratives with their energy and imagination.” (Paul Hegarty, Theatre Bubble)
Five international women step into the unknown and tell stories that you have to finish. Threading images and text, we piece together visceral performance artworks. We come into the space with a shared physical language that playfully guides our devising process. We train, we play, we dance together.
We believe in the liminal.
We believe in the spontaneous.
We believe in creating for the sheer joy of it.
Meet the devising performers of Foxtale Ensemble:
We are five women – Judita Vivas (Lithuania), Lucy White (UK), Hannah Newman (UK), Emilia Oldani (Norway) and Elena Skreka (Greece) – we are devising performers with five different bodies and a shared performance making vocabulary.
Judita is a Lithuanian actress, founder of Foxtale and physical theatre artist based in the UK. She is an Associate Artist of DUENDE, one-half of theatre duo Double Trouble, research collaborator on the Icarus Performance Project and holds a PhD from the University of Kent. For the past ten years, Judita has been involved in various contemporary performance projects, collaborating with international theatre practitioners and theatre companies, and teaching physical theatre. Her creative work draws on real stories, mythologies and autobiographical narratives. Judita works with movement and text, and experiments with tangible materials and somatic sensitivity. The resulting performances are physically and visually dynamic and often involve making a lot of artistic mess.
After graduating from Physical Actor Training and Performance MA at the University of Kent Lucy crossed over to the world of curious encounters with spoken word as Co-Producer of Wise-Words Festival. This injected her with a big shot of poetry, not to mention administration skills. She has recently completed the Advanced Devising Practice programme at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts) in Berlin where she also co-founded performance art group Nocturnal Creatures Collective. Clown, improvisation and dramaturgy play important roles in her creative approach. Currently, Lucy is based in Bristol where she continues to develop her practice and explore the connection between art and healing.
Hannah is a PhD candidate researching into how immersive drama environments can aid the diagnosis of autism in children and has worked as a senior practitioner on Imagining Autism. She is interested in the combination of drama and the sciences, exploring how this connection can be utilised in training, performance and research projects. Currently, Hannah is also an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, teaching modules on devising and physical theatre. She is drawn to physical comedy, working with the ridiculous and encouraging playful encounters with others. She is a self-confessed geek who loves to research ideas and is always on hand to feed and water the Foxies (and anyone else).
Emilia is a Norwegian theatre and film actress. Before returning to work in Oslo, she studied theatre in the UK and attended DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Athens. Her performance work ranges from physical and experimental theatre to more traditional film acting. She believes that, when sharing stories with your audience, it is important to experiment and stay truthful, playful and present in the moment. She has co-founded a film production company På en måte Produksjoner (In a Way Productions) who are currently making their first short film.
Elena is a Greek performer residing in England. She has studied English Language, Literature and Theatre (in Greece and the UK) and trained with DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Athens. Her performance training also involves Playback Theatre, contemporary dance and a life-long training in traditional Greek dances. Her interests include creating abstract narratives, innovative staging of literature and physical improvisation. She believes in the therapeutic capacities of theatre and is currently training as Drama and Movement therapist at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.