International Physical Theatre Lab
Physicality in Acting

Berlin - Germany 


This intensive Lab is open for practicing choreographers, directors of physical and movement theatre working in various genres, techniques and styles interested to learn new creative, yet professional approaches towards the work with performers in the daily training, rehearsals, and performance productions. 

The Lab will introduce some of the effective techniques and approaches towards contemporary performance making in the context of the short rehearsal time and multicultural aspect of the creative team

The workshop is organized in collaboration with New International Performing Arts Institute which can serve as an introduction to 18 Month Diploma Courses at NIPAI. 

The program includes the 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 directing and teaching.

During the workshop participants will become acquainted with 
Ostrenko's method of psycho-physical training and rehearsal, formed and inspired by the Russian Theatre School Tradition combined with ultramodern physical theatre and movement techniques.

Participants will research the connection between physical action and voice, gesture, movement, dance and word, explore performer's physicality as the key to form, style, atmosphere and emotional palette, learn to build up the composition of the form and the artistic space of the performance, gain helpful practical tools and valuable tips for mounting contemporary performancesThe understanding of the basic principles of a methodological directing approach concerns any genre, whether it is a dance performance, physical theatre performance, drama performance or musical theatre. 

The workshop is highly recommended to choreographers and directors of physical theatre interested in learning about ensemble building, structuring the rehearsal process, to clarify and hone what they already know, to get exposed to new techniques and methodologies, and ultimately, to network with practitioners from different countries and establish future creative partnerships with like-minded people. 

The workshop 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.  


If you have questions about this program, please contact


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.

January 9: 
18:00-21:00 - First group meeting and introduction.

January 10-14:IUGTE in Berlin
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 will be held in Lake Studios Berlin (Friedrichshagen), Germany near 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)
Participants search for accommodation options independently. 

"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

"An excellent opportunity to network with practitioners from all continents. International collaborations might be explored as a direct consequence of this experience, providing new opportunities that would not have risen otherwise". 
Yolanda Aguilar, UK

I learned a lot, and a lot more deeper in sending out my thoughts and intention for each gesture and movement I would like to make. I learned my mind and words can make more specific and detailed emotions when it is used one by one, and then taken apart, and then combined back as a single focused point, only putting priority to which I wanted more. I am very happy, and wish I could afford to continue coming and learning more. I will share this with the other dancers and hope it will show them 
what they need to further bring out their message that they want to tell to the audience..."
Adel Lina Yap, Malaysia

"The Lab has provided many things for me to take on to my future studies and exploration. 
It has given me stimulus for research, and tools that I can use and adapt to my own personal training. I have learned that my actions need to be physical, and with that physicality comes clarity for the spectator..."
Gemma Prangle, UK

"This was a very particular experience for me. 
I made the conclusion that in dance any choreography there should be text sounding inside of us. Only this way the movement gains meaning and sence; the dance gains fullness only if there is inner text sounding inside the performer. There should be action going on inside of us. This is both a very simple and complicated important essence..."

Alisa Kosheleva, Latvia

"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