Theatre Biomechanics

International Physical Theatre Workshop 

Michael Chekhov, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Konstantin Stanislavski

9 - 14 April, 2020
Berlin - Germany

The workshop is designed for actors, dancers, physical theatre performers, contemporary circus performers, choreographers, and directors - interested in learning new and deepen already known acting techniques, acquire new approaches towards the actors' training and preparation for the role and find new international network opportunities and collaborators


The program includes intensive practical training and discussion forums with Sergei Ostrenko and Gennadiy Ostrenko, both professional Russian theatre and movement directors and educators in the field of Physical Theatre.

The program focuses on Ostrenkosapproach to 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:
  • Principles of "Theatre Biomechanics", "Psychological Gesture", "Physical Action";
  • Techniques to work with text and making it live;
  • Techniques to bring movement into performance and making it natural;
  • Different movement techniques inspired by the developments of the 20th century the avant-garde theatre.

The program of the workshop is practically /physically intensive because it is considered that physicality is the principal creative instrument of an actor, the key to form a style, atmosphere, and emotional palette in contemporary professional performance, stepping beyond the limits of habitual text-based acting. Practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises that progress from simple to compound.

IUGTE workshops offer great opportunities to approach unique methodological and practical materials 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


Students can receive the Certificate of Participation in this intensive training upon submitting the detailed creative report/essay (1500 words) after participation in this intensive workshop. Evidence that you are serious about your education and professional development.  


To apply for participation, please fill in the online Application Form
If you have questions about this program, please contact

  Early Bird Registration
until 31 March 2020
after 31 March 2020

Participation fee 

 595 EUR 700 EUR

The fee covers participation in all events of the program - practical training and discussion forums with Ostrenko Brothers.
Please, note, that group is formed on the competitive basis.

The organizers reserve the right to make changes and add-ins in the schedule.

April 9: IUGTE in Berlin
18:00-21:00 - First group meeting and introduction.

April 10-14:
10:00-13:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
13:00-14:30 - Lunch break.
14:30-18:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.


The workshop is held in "Lake Studios Berlin" in Berlin, Germany near the beautiful lake Großer Müggelsee
Participants organize accommodation and meals independently. 

Please, contact us or fill in Application online form to receive the address of the studio and transportation details.

The nearest international airports are 
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) and
Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)


"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