International Physical Theatre Lab & IUGTE Conference 2013
Intensive programme of practical workshops, presentations, works-in-progress, lectures and discussions with performing arts experts and teachers from different countries -
Australia, Russia, USA, Canada, South Africa, India, Netherlands, Sweden and more, please follow the news!
December 14 - 21, 2013
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 and discussions guided by the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko and the programme of IUGTE International Conference with performing arts teachers from different countries.
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, 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. Through the system of consecutive exercises the group is growing common language and trust, ability to collaborate and create together.
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The schedule allows participants to take part in all events of the programme - 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 will offer you the possibility to share an intense creative experience at a global level!
The working language is English.
To apply for participation, candidates should send CV/resume with photo and a letter of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation fee is 750 EUR (if payment is made before May 30th);
850 EUR (if payment is made after
The fee covers participation in all events of programme - the intensive Ostrenko Lab and the events of the conference programme.
There are several Scholarships available supported by ArtUniverse.
Each scholarship amount is 300 EUR and covers the part of the participation fee.
To apply for the Scholarship, candidates should send the following documents:
IUGTE help participants to organize comfortable accommodation and meals.
The official day of arrival is Saturday, December 14th from 13:00.
The day of departure is Saturday, December 21st at 9:00.
"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
"To work and spend time with so many performers from such different backgrounds, gives new knowledge and lots of inspiration. I have now got contacts all over the world, people I can share my ideas with, and perhaps, some day in the future, collaborate with. I would like to express my appriciation to IUGTE for the great space they created for international performers to meet and exchange ideas and knowledge".
Line Starheimsæter, Norway
"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
"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 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
"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
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.