International Residency for
Movement & Theatre Directors 
Dramaturgy of Movement

24 - 30 April 2020 
The residency aims to expand and diversify professional vocabulary of directors and instructors who work with performers of different genres and techniques, interested to improve the understanding of practical aspects of movement directing, teaching, ensemble building and performance making.

The program includes intensive practical training and discussions guided by Sergei Ostrenko - Russian theatre director, choreographer and teacher

The workshop is a full-time one week program, designed as a lab with practical sessions, lectures, and discussion forums. Directors participate in all sessions together with other participants and work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context. The program is highly practical, developing from simple to compound. Ostrenko Method will introduce some of the effective techniques and approaches towards contemporary performance practices in the context of the short rehearsal time and multicultural aspect of the creative team.


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

Participants will practically explore:
  • how to foster connection and cohesion among performers and guide them in the creative process;
  • how to create an atmosphere of performance through the physicality of performers;
  • how the scene composition and blocking influences the audience and tells a story;
  • approaches to develop character and images through movement and group improvisation;
The understanding of the basic principles of a methodological directing approach concerns any genre, whether it is a performance in a circus, physical theatre, drama or any other performance productions.

The working language is English


Students can receive the Certificate of Participation in this intensive program 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.

To register for the program the non-refunded 100 EUR deposit (as part of the fee) should be paid immediately. 
The rest must be paid upon arrival at the venue. 

 Early Bird Fee if you register
before 31 March 2020
Fee if you register
31 March 2020

Participation fee

550 EUR 650 EUR
The fee covers participation in all events of the program - practical training, lectures and discussions with Ostrenko brothers.
Please, note, that group is formed on the competitive basis.


The accommodation for the participants is organized at the guest house of the beautiful 13th century Laubegg Castle, 
situated in an
idyllic setting south of Graz, Styria region, "Green Heart" of Austria. 

Everything is organized on the same territory: creative space and full board accommodation, so that participants can concentrate on creation and communication without any distractions of the routine necessities.

The organizers reserve the right to make changes and add-ins in the schedule.
The official arrival day is April 24th from 13:00.
The departure day is April 30th after breakfast at 9:00.

April 24: 
From 13:00 - Group arrival and check-in.
16:15-16:30 - IUGTE Programme Coordinator meets the group. 
A short tour around Laubegg Castle.
16:30-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

April 25, 26, 27, 28:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-12:00 - Practical training.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
13:00-14:00 - Break
14:00-18:00 - Practical training.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner
19:00-19:30 - Break
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures, discussions and creation.

April 29:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-12:00 - Practical training.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
13:00-14:00 - Break
14:00-18:00 - Practical training.
19:00 - Final buffet dinner & party. 

April 30:
7:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Check-out and departure.


"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 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

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 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

"I felt very well looked after and happy to have been a participant in the international lab and would highly recommend this workshop for artists in the acting industry. I have made strong contacts with various international artists that I hope to collaborate with again and visit in their respective countries" 
Amba Gayfer, UK