Introduction to Biomechanics, Psychological Gesture and Physical Action
International Intensive Lab 
under the direction of Sergei Ostrenko
December 14 - 21, 2013  
Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria 

The program is designed for actors, dancers, actors of physical theatre, contemporary circus performers, choreographers and directors - performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles - interested to find new international network opportunities and collaborators

Intensive 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 a Russian repertory theatre together with Russian actors and performers from different countries.

  • "The Act of Creation. Grotowski - Laban - Chekhov. Physicality - Psychology - Gesture" - practical workshop with Jennifer Mizenko (Professor of Dance and Movement for the Actor, Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique - USA).
  • "Space and The Actor" - practical workshop with Laura Wayth (Assistant Professor of Acting, Florida Atlantic University - USA).
  • "Fixing Foundations. A guide to Longevity in the High Performance Performing Arts of Circus, Dance, Clown and Physical Theatre" - presentation and practical workshop with Alisa Walton (Co-Artistic Director, Crow's Feet Physical Theatre - Canada).
  • "Fusing Traditional With Contemporary in Australian Indigenous Theatrical Experiences" - video presentation with Nathalie Vallejo (Manager, Marketing & Communications, Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia - Australia).
  • "Invented Traditions -  What Makes Indian Dance 'Indian'?" - presentation with Gitanjali Kolanad (choreographer, teacher, dance researcher - Canada) and Brandy Leary (Founder and Artistic Director of Anandam Dancetheatre - Canada).
  • "The Art of Co-creation: Building Professional Platforms for Artists with Different Abilities” - presentation with Sophia Alexandersson (Director Share Music Sweden - Sweden).
  • "Cui Bono? A Critique of the Conscripted Audience and, Perforce, a Manifesto" - presentation with Craig Fleming (Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies, California State University Long Beach - USA).
  • "Creating and Managing Positive Revenue Centers Within a Non-Profit Environment/Organization: A Quantitative and Qualitative Case Study of Summer Performing Arts Programs at New York University’s Steinhardt School" - presentation with William R. Naugle (PHD, Administrative Director, Music & Performing Arts Professions, The Steinhardt School, New York University - USA).
  • "Creative Producing: Making Places and Cultural Enterprises" - presentation with Rachel Feuchtwang (Creative Consultant & Producer) and Gwenoële Trapman (Artistic Director, Production Department, Theaterschool Amsterdam - Netherlands).
The schedule is designed so that participants will be able to take part in all events of the programme - the Lab and the Conference.

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 

Participation fee is 750 EUR - if payment is made before October 25th;
(850 EUR - if payment is made after 
October 25th). 
The fee covers participation in all events of programme - the intensive practical training, lectures and discussions with Sergei Ostrenko and all events of the conference programme.

There are several scholarships available supported by ArtUniverseEach scholarship amount is 300 EUR and it partially covers the participation fee.

To apply for the scholarship, candidates should send detailed CV/resume with photo and a letter of motivation stating the title and dates of the Lab - describe your motivation and how the project will contribute to your professional development.  


IUGTE help participants to organize comfortable accommodation and meals.
The official day of arrival is Saturday, December 14th from 13:00.
The day of departure is Saturday, December 21st at 9:00. 

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

December 14th: 
From 13:00 - Group arrival & check-in.
16:50-17:00 - IUGTE Programme Coordinator meets the group. Short tour around Retzhof Castle.
17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

December 15th and 16th:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-12:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
14:00-18:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures & discussions.

December 17th:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-12:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
14:00-17:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
19:00-20:30 - IUGTE Conference opening and first meeting. 

December 18th, 19th and 20th:
Conference programme: practical workshops, presentations, works-in-progress, lectures and discussions. The conference programme will run full day with breaks for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The registered participants will receive the detailed daily schedule.

December 21st: 
7:30-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Check-out & departure.


"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