IUGTE Physical Theatre Lab and Conference

International Physical Theatre Lab and IUGTE Conference

July 20-29, 2021

The program includes intensive practical training, lectures and discussions with the theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko 
and the program of IUGTE Conference with performing arts academics and professionals from around the world!


The workshop program is focused on the Ostrenko brothers approach of performers’ training, relying on the Russian Theatre Tradition, as well as the newest experiments in performing arts. Performer's physicality in the methods of K.Stanislavsky, M.Chekhov, Vs.Meyerhold's Biomechanics, Tai-chi for performers, improvisation, movement directing and teaching. These are some of the elements uniquely transformed and combined in Ostrenko's teaching system to suit the needs of contemporary performers, directors, and teachers.

Participants will practically explore the performer's physicality as the principal creative instrument, the key to form and style an atmosphere and emotional palette in contemporary performance, stepping beyond the limits of normative text-based acting.


    The program includes practical workshops, works in progress, performances, lectures and interactive talks with performing arts teachers from all around the world. 
    The schedule is designed in a way that enables participants to take part in all events of the program - the Lab and the Conference. 

IUGTE Speakers (July 2021)
      IUGTE Lab and Conference offer a great opportunity to approach a unique methodological and practical material 
      that will enrich your professional skills and offer you the possibility of sharing an intense creative experience at a global level!

Registration information


    To start the application process, please, fill in the online Application Form
    If you have any questions about this program, please contact iugte.projects [@] gmail.com

    Early Bird Registration 

     Regular Registration Fee
     Participation fee 
    500 EUR 

     950 EUR
    *Registration fee increases periodically as the dates of the conference approach. 
    The fee covers participation in all events of the program - practical training, lectures and discussions with S. Ostrenko and the full conference program.
    Please, note, that group is formed on a competitive basis.

    The working language of the program 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 program. 

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

          Everything is organised 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 for the group is July 20 from 13:00. 

            First group meeting is at 17:00. 

            The departure day is July 29 at 9:00.

            July 20: 
            From 13:00 - Group arrival and check-in.
            16:40-17:00 - Program Coordinator meets the group. Short tour around the Castle.
            17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
            18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

            July 21, 22, 23, 24, 25:
            7:30-8:30 - Warm-Up.
            8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.
            09:30-12:00 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
            12:00-13:00 - Lunch.
            14:00-18:00 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
            18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
            19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures, discussions and creation.

            July 26:
            7:30-8:30 - Warm-Up.
            8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.
            09:30-12:00 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
            12:00-13:00 - Lunch.
            14:00-16:30 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
            18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
            19:00 - IUGTE Conference opening and first meeting. 

            July 27, 28:
            Conference Program: practical workshops, presentations, works-in-progress, lectures and discussions.
            The conference program will run a full day with breaks for meals. The registered participants will receive a detailed schedule. 

            July 29: 
            7:30-9:00 - Breakfast
            9:00 - Check-out and departure.

            You are welcome to contact us in case you have any questions or need any assistance!

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          Tremendous thanks to 
          Sergei Ostrenko and the rest of the IUGTE team for a mind expanding physical-theatre lab and multidisciplinary conference!"
          Ben Gorodetsky, Canada

          "What an amazing week at IUGTE, I had an absolute ball...
          It was such a great experience. I'm back in Ireland refreshed and ready to make awesome
          physical theatre!"
          Eileen Mc Clory, Ireland

          "If anyone has lost touch with their body - or if you're intrigued by Biomechanics - I would nudge you towards IUGTE. Great week of physical lab and a top notch conference!"
          Daisy Badger, UK

          "I found it to be such a rewarding and enriching experience in terms of what I took away from those ten days not only as inspiring artist, but also as a student who can use much of what I learned in application with my studies while I finish my degree."
          Onika Henry, Canada

          "I learned so much and had the opportunity to link with so many artists on a global level".
          Enda Moran, Ireland

          "Each program I have attended with IUGTE leaves me with a renewed sense of my creative capabilities and an inspiration to continue my artistic pursuits. I am so grateful and excited to continue our collaboration. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
          Alayha McNamara, 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

          "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

          "You guys at IUGTE are doing very significant, international and deeply touching work. People from all around the globe connect by bodily meeting each other and creating together"
          Jenni Sainio (Finland)

          "I think that the structure itself of the workshop+conference let us create that atmosphere of friendship, inspiration, listening and trust, which allowed us to live a perfect mix of artistic sharing, personal contact and, above all, laughter. Smiles in our eyes made our energy travellin’ from one to the other to the air around us. It was wonderful and funny to live with people from all over the world and to find out how beautiful are our diversities and similarities, because, no matter where we come from or which our background is, we all are humans and we all are artists." 
          Marta Keller, Italy

          "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