Jude's movement directing is primarily focused on theatre settings - in diverse forms and spaces. She is continually fascinated in the point at which the moving body and text meet.
She recognises the importance of the actor’s body and the physical world of plays. She works with actors, exploring the way in which movement can help them engage with texts, understand their voice and body, and provide ways of developing and portraying character. Her approach involves facilitating the work of those around her, encouraging actors’ own discovery of their bodies and work. Fitness and well-being are also crucial factors in her work.
Jude also works with directors, dramaturgs, musical directors and other creatives to develop, devise and adapt material for theatre. Her literary background provides a bolstered insight and knowledge into conducting research, understanding dramatic structure and exploring the physicality of non-theatre literature (e.g. fairytales and novels).
Jude’s goal is to enrich the overall text and/or story in performance, and to create a sensory experience for both performers and audiences. She is of the belief that movement helps to find and embrace the physical life of a text and/or story and ultimately channels this through stage and auditorium. Understanding the body, the senses and their relationship to space forms an integral part of her thinking and practice. The question and nature of the ‘dramatic’, ‘liveness’ and ‘experience’ runs through all of her practice.
With a background in dance, Jude is able to provide knowledge and choreographed material of forms ranging from classical ballet to modern dance, and is always actively researching and expanding skills in new forms.
Jude can be found working on movement and choreography in classical theatre works and in new pieces for the stage. She can also be found creating performance pieces which seek to merge and blur boundaries of theatre, literature and dance.