4 Week Creative Lab
For Dancers, Physical Theatre Actors and Contemporary Circus Performers 

August 17 - September 16, 2015 
Russian Repertory Theatre

Discover, create, share, exchange - join the creative space for your boldest ideas in contemporary Physical Theatre!

The 4-week Lab is a special project which offers a unique opportunity to performers from different countries to become the part of the international multidisciplinary artistic team and to collaborate on the work-in-progress in the creative space of the Russian repertory theatre. 

The project mission is to create the "live creation platform" and the fascinating encounter of artists from diverse artistic backgrounds and techniques in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment

  • open hearth for new artistic flames
  • international epicentre for new discoveries and creative inspiration 
  • safe place for creative risks
  • stepping beyond the limits of the text-based performance
  • search for the universal “intercultural” language in contemporary performance
  • platform for exchange, network and collaboration 
The Lab objective is to encourage participants to get inspired by the unique international collaboration, step out of the comfort zone, experience new creative challenges and gain new insights on the way to light, creative and joyful performance.


The programme includes practical training, rehearsals and the intensive creative process on the way to the performance/work-in-progress.

During the project participants will have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the "creative factory" of the Russian repertory theatre - a complex mechanism with numerous departments, huge staff, and large scale activities going on simultaneously. On the way to creation of the work-in-progress in the limited rehearsal time participants will be able to experience and learn practically how to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones, to listen to each other, to accept differences, to treat obstacles positively and to be open to joint ideas on performance vision, style, script, music and other elements offered by all the members of the creative team.

The Artistic Director of the Lab is the Russian theatre director, teacher, the Head of IUGTE Russian Theatre Department, Sergei Ostrenko

The working languages are English and Russian (knowledge of one of the languages is sufficient).


Participants who successfully finish the Lab can receive IUGTE Certificate.


The group is forming on a competitive basis. Only several spots are available.

For application, candidates should send the following documents to iugte.projects@gmail.com
  • Letter of motivation stating interest in joining the Lab. 
  • Detailed CV.  
  • Scanned copy of the passport/ID card.
  • Scanned copy of the academic degree confirming professional education.
  • Latest head shot and 2-3 additional photos.  
  • Any information confirming professional artistic experience: web links to past projects, performances, photo, video, reviews, articles, interviews, etc. 
The organizers will be glad to help participants in planning travel itinerary and practical details.

For registration conditions and more practical details, please Contact Us.



"This lab truly was a break through experience for me because it showed me the importance of our body not just as a vessel for movement but it showed that through gesture one can use that to invoke emotion thus, through using this in practice and in the rehearsal room one can really add depth to characters".
Lauren Karl, USA-UK

"I was thrilled by the way in which I encountered each member of the group in the flow of the exercises and how I found myself excited by the special connection I made with certain participants...I have made lasting friendships and potential future creative partnerships that have been earthed in unforced encounters on the workshop floor in a flow controlled by an expert helmsman.  
David Calvert, UK

"The previous labs were some of the best times of my career training and lifelong experiences. Each time in the lab I truly came home with a new sense of self, new skills which lead to some of my ideas for performances and companies in which I have set up."
Abigail Smith, UK-Germany

"I appreciate the process of the whole workshop, which was strictly planned and complex. We went through it step by step. I am very lucky to have so wonderful chance to know such beautiful and interesting people from all over a world. After a few days we all had that feeling that we know each other for a long time..."
Ilona Gumowska, Poland

"The network of artist friends that was built during this event was absolutely priceless. My theater vision was continuously expanding just by mingling with everyone else... From working mostly only in my own country, I have now stepped out of my comfort zone and familiar mental boundaries, and I am now able to see myself in the context of the global theater community. Indeed, this experience is one of the greatest rewards in my life... If I had not decided to come, I cannot imagine how many years it would have taken me to witness such things and to have already so many connections with theater artists around the world".
Sasapin Siriwanij, Thailand