International Physical Theatre Lab
The Lab is open to performers from different creative genres and techniques inspired by Physical Theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary theatre performance.
The program is designed for experienced 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, discussions guided by the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko.
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. Participants will practically explore 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. Performer's physicality in the methods of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and M.Chekhov, Meyerhold's Biomechanics Etudes, Tai-chi for performers, Training by method of improvisation, scene composition from exercises to performance: these are some of the elements uniquely transformed and combined in Ostrenko's teaching system to suit performers, directors and teachers contemporary needs.
Practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises which progress from simple to compound. Gradually the group is proceeding to group improvisations and structures. Every day is setting advanced creative tasks, developing the preceding steps. Through the system of consecutive exercises the group is growing common language and trust, ability to collaborate and create together.
The Lab is 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!
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 working language is English.
To apply for participation, candidates should send CV/resume with photo and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation fee is 750 EUR (payment deadline - June 21st);
The fee covers participation in all events of the Lab programme.
IUGTE can help participants to organize accommodation and meals.
The official day of arrival is Monday, July 1st from 13:00.
The departure day is Saturday, July 6th at 9:00.
"The word ‘laboratory’ really appealed to me, because ‘laboratory’ is a place, where you explore, and investigate without pre-conceived judgements and expectations of a result. In other words, a laboratory is where you can really learn! It is hard to explain in words, what these discoveries where about, but maybe for the first time in many years, I felt on my own body, the most crucial to any artist and human being, a connection not coming from the mind, but from the body".
Mia Lipschitz, Denmark
"It was a great pleasure and opportunity to meet colleagues from everywhere around the world, but above all I really enjoyed being with such great, sincere and creative persons. This synergy, this trust and confidence in each other allowed us to grow quickly as a group, to develop a common physical language and to fulfill ourself during the whole time of the workshop".
Stefan Hort, Switzerland
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Physical Theatre, seems to be the process and not the result. This workshop has definitely showed me ways to incorporate this into my process. I will be looking forward to the opportunity to work with Ostrenko again, the Lab definitely given me new perspectives and new tools to use in the creation of my art".
Andy Kirtland, USA
Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"
For partners and collaborators: if you are interested in having this workshop at your theatre, university, conference, festival, please contact us for practical details.