International Intensive Lab
under the direction of Sergei Ostrenko
dates and venue to be confirmed
PROGRAMMEIntensive practical training, lectures and discussions with the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko and the programme of IUGTE International Conference with performing arts teachers from different countries.
The Lab programme is focused on Ostrenko's method of actor’s training, relying on the Russian Theatre Tradition and the newest experiments in performing arts. The practical training is focused on the psycho-physical approach to the art of acting relying on the teachings of Russian outstanding theatrical innovators - Vsevolod Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavsky. Participants will explore the principles of Biomechanics, the Psychological Gesture and the Physical Action, physicality as the principal creative instrument, the key to form, style, atmosphere and emotional palette in contemporary performance, stepping beyond the limits of habitual text-based acting. Practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises which progress from simple to compound.
Moreover, the Lab opens the door towards the collaboration project -
the performance creation in professional repertory theatre.
IUGTE Lab and Conference offer a great opportunity to approach a unique methodological and practical material that will enrich your professional skills and will offer you the possibility to share an intense creative experience at a global level!
The working language is English.
To apply for participation, candidates should send
CV/resume with photo and a cover letter to
"What an enormous gift that “letting go” was! I carry the benefits of it with me still, into all my work and teaching that is to follow.
My time with IUGTE served to clarify and hone what I already know, it exposed me to new techniques and methodologies, and ultimately, it cast new light on the theatrical path ahead of me".
Adam Noble, USA
"I loved the fact that the lab was so international and we were working with artists from around the globe. I am sure that after this lab I am a better actress"
Sofia Maria Kikilintzia, Greece
"That kind of “play analysis” through physical work was more effective, since we have not to argue with the director on conceptual problems, which could never be solved, but focusing on doing simple physical task"
Siu Hei Chung, Hong Kong
"I continue thinking that the work of Biomechanics is very interesting and I will try to work applying it".
Maria Casellas i Artigas, Spain
"I have never studied before the “throwing stone” of Meyerhold and it was nice learning a little peace more and more deeply every day studying Meyerhold´s main points and using this points in that sequence"
Elisenda Renom, Spain
"This experience has re-awakened my desire to learn, to find projects and to improve my teaching and reminded me that a theatre artists training cannot end when they enter the professional world. In reality, that is when it should begin"
Sarah Dodd, UK
"The structure of the workshop is excellent. The morning warm-up is consistent, the afternoon sessions are demanding and exhilarating and the evening
discussions are enlightening and informative. I would highly recommend this workshop to any artist interested in learning about Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, ensemble
building, directing, physical scoring and vocal scoring in the rehearsal process and how to implement it in rehearsal"
Laura Ricard, USA
"It was nice to practise the ‘Throwing the Stone’ etude and understand its context. For me the technical approach in learning the etude in a more detailed way was a good step forward and I feel I would like to still move forward in more etudes and get to know the forms of Biomechanics and how these relate to the various underlying principles".
Pieter-Jos van Kampen, Netherlands
"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