International Physical Theatre Workshop and IUGTE Conference

12 - 21 December, 2020

The workshop is open to performers from different backgrounds, creative genres and techniques inspired by physical theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary theatre performance. 

The program is designed as a multidisciplinary lab for experienced actors, dancers, physical performers, contemporary circus performers, choreographers and directors -performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles - interested in expanding their practical skills, develop international network opportunities and collaborators.

The program includes intensive practical training, lectures and discussions with the theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko
 and the program of IUGTE annual International Conference with performing arts teachers from different countries. 


The workshop program is focused on Ostrenko brothers approach of actor’s training, relying on the Russian Theatre Tradition, as well as the newest experiments in performing arts. 

The main focus of the program is to explore physicality in performance through the methods of:
  •  K. Stanislavsky "Physical Action", M. Chekhov "Psychological Gesture", Meyerhold's "Theatre Biomechanics";
  • Training by the method of improvisation; 
  • Scene composition from an exercise to a performance piece. 
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

Practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises that progress from simple to compound. 
Participants gradually proceed from solo to group improvisations and structures. Every day sets a spectrum of advanced creative tasks, developing the preceding steps. 
Through the system of consecutive exercises, the group establishes a common language and trust, an ability to collaborate and create together.


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 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!

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
If you have any questions about this program, please contact

Early Bird Registration 
until 7 August 2020 

 Regular Registration Fee
 Participation fee 
575 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 the competitive basis.

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

The official arrival day for the group is December 12 from 13:00. 
First group meeting is at 17:00. 
The departure day is December 21 at 9:00.

December 12: 
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.

December 13, 14, 15, 16:
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.

December 17:
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. 

December 18, 19, 20:
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. 

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

The accommodation for the participants is organised at the guest house of the beautiful 13th century Laubegg Castle, 
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.


"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