International Physical Theatre Lab and IUGTE Conference

December 15 - 22, 2014


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

The programme includes the intensive practical training, lectures and discussions with the Russian theatre director, choreographer and teacher Sergei Ostrenko
 and the programme of IUGTE annual 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. Performer's physicality in the 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 to suit performers, directors and teachers contemporary needs. Participants will practically explore performer's 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. 

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. Every day is setting advanced creative tasks, developing the preceding steps. Through the system of consecutive exercises the group is growing common language and trust, ability to collaborate and create together.
Practical workshops, presentations, works-in-progress, lectures and discussions with performing arts teachers from different countries. Please follow the programme, more details will be announced soon.

The schedule is designed so that participants will be able 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!

Moreover, the IUGTE events open the door towards collaboration projects and performance productions at professional 
repertory theatres

The working language is English


The group is fully booked. You are welcome to apply for the future labs!

The organizers reserve the right to make changes and add-ins in the schedule.
The official arrival day for the Lab group 
is Monday, December 15th. 

December 15th: 

17:00-18:30 - First group meeting and introduction.

December 16th and 17th:

10:00-13:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
13:00-14:30 - Lunch break.
14:30-17:30 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
17:30-18:00 - Break.
18:00-19:30 - Creative diary: evening lectures & discussions.

December 18th:

10:00-13:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
13:00-14:30 - Lunch break.
14:30-16:00 - Practical training with S.Ostrenko.
16:00-18:00 - Break.
18:00-19:30 - IUGTE Conference opening and first meeting.
December 19th, 20th, 21st:

practical workshops, presentations, interactive talks, works-in-progress, performances, lectures and discussions. The conference programme will run full day with several breaks. 
The registered participants will receive the detailed daily schedule.

December 22nd: 
Offical departure day.

The nearest international airports are located in Pisa, Genova and Florence.

IUGTE Staff will be glad to help you in planning your travel itinerary, information on accommodation options and practical details!

"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

"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 previous labs were some of the best times of my career training and lifelong experiences. Each time in the lab I truly came home with a new sense of self, new skills which lead to some of my ideas for performances and companies in which I have set up."
Abigail Smith, UK-Germany

"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

"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

"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 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

"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