International Performing Arts Camp
Dates unconfirmed 

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower..." ( 
Albert Camus)

Another amazing creative summer is left behind. Autumn is the time when changes start to happen - the days grow shorter, the leaves change from green to red, orange, yellow, and the generous nature is sharing the harvest. Colorful October in Tuscany is the time of grapes and olives...

and IUGTE International Performing Arts Camp is opening its doors 
to performers from all continents!

The program offers the unique time and space for meeting new friends, refreshing creative ideas, generating new creative initiatives and collaboration with like-minded arts people!                    

IUGTE Performing Arts Camp is the international residential workshop for performing arts practitioners from different countries working in various techniques, genres and styles. The program is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience, multidisciplinary artists passionate and inspired by movement, dance and physical theatre, interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from all over the world. 


The program offers the unique opportunity of full creative immersion. Participants will stay and create together in the secluded territory of the XII century Monastery, surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the sky-blue waters of the Mediterranean SeaThe name of the Monastery is mentioned by many prominent authors of Italian classical literature and is famous for being the place of seclusion for such outstanding figure as Dante Alighieri

Everything is organized at the same territory: creative space, accommodation and full board, so participants can concentrate on creation and communication without distracting to routine necessaries. Click here to see the photos of this fabulous place and find out more about the Monastery! 


The Artistic Director of the program is the theatre director, choreographer and teacher, Sergei OstrenkoDuring the program participants will have opportunity to explore Ostrenko method of performer's physical training and rehearsalPerformer's physicality in the methods of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and M.Chekhov, principles of Meyerhold's Biomechanics, Tai-chi for performers, training by method of improvisation, scenecomposition from exercises to performance: these are some of the elements uniquely transformed and combined in Ostrenko's teaching system.


The daily programme is structured in the four parts: 
warm-up, morning practical session, afternoon 
practical session and evening club.

Best start of the day in the nature!
Each morning before breakfast participants will do the group breathing training in the fresh air 
which will help them to wake up and tune their body, mind and spirit to the creative mood. The training will take place at the terrace on the top floor of the Monastery, where participants can fully enjoy the beauty of the rising sun in the landscape of the Apuan Alps and the Mediterranean Sea from the bird's-eye view.
The dynamic gymnastics combines breathing and movement. It is based on the traditional 
Chinese Qi Gong practice, the ancient art that originated before the appearance of the written language. 

The daily exercises will help participants to 
acquire harmonious and natural breathing, awake creative imagination, concentration, attention, 
smoothness in body movements, peaceful and joyful state of mind, and reach the harmonious allocation of energy for the whole intensive day. After the group warm-up participants are welcome to complete the group gymnastics by their own regular individual practices which help them to gain good shape and mood: stretching, yoga, etc.

Establishing a "common creative language".
 morning practical sessions will develop in the form of various exercises and games based on improvisation, spatial exploration and interacting with partnersIndividual, pair and group exercises develop in particular sequence from simple to more compound. Each set of exercises 
follows out of the previous and is connected with the subsequent one. Through the practical training participants explore how the systematized psycho-physical approach develops connection 
cohesion among participants, fosters atmosphere of trust and group dynamics essential for collective creation. The objective of the morning sessions is to provide the creative space, time 
and environment where performers
 from various artistic backgrounds and techniques could gain understanding without  
 the space where all formulations and terms become relevant, and artists agree about their "common creative language" in the multidisciplinary and multicultural context, in these particular circumstances and the group compositionParticipants 
become familiar, ġet in tune with each other, learn to listen and hear each other beyond verbal 
communication - through the body and the space. The system of exercises based on the approach "from the body" allows the group to reach mutual understanding and playful creative atmosphere. The daily practice, as a ritual, by offering similar but developing sequences, creates "the course of the river" for the group flow. Each day the process involves participants into more complex developing tasks, as well as encourages more freedom in improvisation and spontaneityThe morning practical sessions will run after breakfast until lunch time. 

From exercises to etudes and improvised performances.
Discovering and sharing ideas, merging and blending creative energies in unique ways.
After the lunch break the group proceeds to ensemble structural improvisations which gradually evolve to little etudes and improvised performances
This part of the day is the playground and creative platform for non-trivial ideas and the precious art of the present moment. This is the territory where participants join their creative energiesplay, experiment and make spontaneous discoveriesPerformers will practically explore how to build up images and characters playing with physical language of movement, relationships with space
and partners; how to connect various modules and elements into the whole performance fragments, how to unfold the actor’s creative nature, encourage relationship with artistic spacefreedom in improvisation and spontaneity on the way to the light and joyful performance

Participants will search the connection between physical action and voice, gesture, movement, dance and word, explore performer's physicality as the key to form, style, atmosphere and emotional palette, learn to build up the composition of the form and use the language of the artistic space of the performance, gain helpful practical tools and valuable tips for mounting a contemporary physical theatre performance stepping beyond the limits of text-based acting, acquire a reliable practical toolkit for creating contemporary professional productions in limited rehearsal timeThis part of the program will run after lunch before until dinner time. 

Creative exchange, support and thrilling conversations about art.

Discussion, communication, constructive feedback and exchange are essential in any creative processIn the evening after dinner participants will share, observe and analyze their discoveries made during the day, ask questions, reflect on each other's ideas, express artistic impressions, support each other's development 
by constructive proposals, help to find interesting solutions and turning points; develop passionate discussions on the relevant topics in the connection with rehearsal, training and contemporary performance

The programme is highly recommended to performers interested in learning about ensemble building, structuring the rehearsal process, to clarify and hone what they already know, to get exposed to new techniques and methodologies, and ultimately, to network with practitioners from different countries and establish future creative partnerships with like-minded people. 

The working language is English


To apply for participation, please fill in the online Application Form.
If you have questions about this program, please contact

Participation fee (room, food and all included). 
Participants can choose one of the two options depending on the preferred accommodation: a shared twin room with 2 separate beds or a single room.

Participation fee with accommodation in a shared twin room: 
750 EUR (early bird reduced fee) / 850 EUR.

Participation fee with accommodation i
n a single room: 
850 EUR (early bird reduced fee) / 950 EUR. 

The participation fee covers:

participation in all events of the program, five nights of accommodation, three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), transportation from Bocca di Magra to Monastero venue.

The official arrival day for the group is Monday, October 24th from 14:00. 

The departure day is Saturday, October 29th after breakfast.

Click here to find out more about the Monastery, accommodation and transportation details.

IUGTE Staff will be glad to help you in planning your travel itinerary and practical details.

"The whole experience could be described as one enormous boost
of inspiration, innovation, motivation and creativity...
I consider myself very lucky to find the place like IUGTE and have 
opportunity to participate in their events"
Evgeniya Kalugina, Netherlands

"Definitely is a positive outcome because besides enjoying and having so much of good time, I’ve learn so much from other practitioners also the director, Sergei at the way he conducted his workshop. There’s respect among each other and is worth the time and money for this workshop" 
Lim Pei Ern, Malaysia

"I'm grateful for getting the chance to work on simple and concrete tasks, and rediscover them for myself. I found new perspectives on, and within, a lot of the exercises we did throughout the days...What I appreciated the most was the opportunity to meet colleagues from so many different backgrounds and countries. This was beyond any expectation that I had in advance. It was a pleasure to feel how the group managed to get into a very relaxed and developing work dynamic"
Tanja Andreeva, Norway

"The truly international nature of the convergence, brought together people from many parts of the globe, united by the common passions shared, cultures and ideas were shared freely, collaborative possibilities discussed and many jolly conversations had over tasty Italian meals. The choice of venue was splendid. The monastery buildings, the surrounding grounds, and the sea, was the perfect setting for a quiet retreat to relax the mind and let the body create"
Mrinalini Sekar, India

"This workshop will not only teach you how to perform, but also teach you how to put yourself (as a performer) or your peers (as a director) into a state of total creativity where every activity gives rise to a performance in itself...Take part in the magic of theatre..."
Kalyl Kadri, Lebanon-Brazil

"I am feeling really happy and grateful with Sergei and all the IUGTE team for being part of this experience (my first international experience of this kind), meeting all this new people and learning so much of each one. This opens my eyes and my heart to new posibilities and to make sure that there are a lot of amazing opportunities to share and learn. 
I really hope to meet you again, soon!"
Karla María Álvarez García, Mexico

"It was a truly a rebirth of my spirit, refocusing of my mind, equipping myself for the road ahead. It is see you soon, 
not good bye, 
as we will always be connect through our passion. 
Our unspoken language. 
Our breath..."
Zamora Simmons, 
Trinidad and Tobago

"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

"Intercultural theatre is definitely an amazing platform that make people aware of the differences between different cultures, so as to, most importantly, know about their own culture.."
Kady Cheung Cheuk-Ki, 
Hong Kong

"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

"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

"Perfect organization and timing. The macro structure of the organization allows the perfect understanding of the concepts exposed during classes. Also the geographical place allows that your attention is only focused on the work. For me it is a model to follow in my everyday training and which i will try to do. Beautiful people in all the sense of the word".  
Santiago Parada, Columbia

"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

"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