Biomechanics. Psychological Gesture. Physical Action
International Intensive Lab 
under the direction of Sergei Ostrenko


The program is designed for actors of physical theatre, dancers, 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, discussions guided by the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko.

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. The practical training is focused on the psycho-physical approach to the art of acting relying on the teachings of Russian outstanding theatrical innovators - Vsevolod Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavsky. 
Participants will explore the principles of Biomechanics, the Psychological Gesture, the Physical Action and the Method of Active Analysis. 

The Lab is 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 Lab opens the door towards the collaboration project - 
the performance creation in a Russian repertory theatre together with Russian actors and performers from different countries.

The workshop language is English

To apply for participation, candidates should send CV/resume with photo and a cover letter to 

Participation fee is 795 EUR (early bird reduced fee - if payment is made before April 11th);
895 EUR (if payment is made after April 11th)
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme - practical training, lectures and discussions.

There are several partial scholarships available supported by ArtUniverse
Each scholarship grant covers 400 EUR of the total participation fee.

To apply for the scholarship, candidates should send:

- Letter of motivation stating your interest in joining the Lab.
- Detailed CV describing specific skills and abilities.
- Latest head shot with 2-3 additional photos.
- Any additional material describing professional experience: web links to past projects and performances, photo, video, reviews, articles, interviews, etc.

IUGTE can help participants to organize accommodation and meals
The official arrival day is Monday, July 7th after 13:00.
The departure day is Saturday, July 12th after breakfast at 9:00.

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

July 7th: 
From 13:00 - Group arrival & check-in.
16:50-17:00 - IUGTE Programme Coordinator meets the group. Short tour around Retzhof Castle.
17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

July 8th, 9th, 10th:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-12:00 - Practical training.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
14:00-18:00 - Practical training.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures & discussions.

July 11th:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-12:00 - Practical training.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch
14:00-18:00 - Practical training.
19:00 - Finally buffet dinner & party. 

July 12th: 
7:30-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Check-out & departure.

"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 workshop was phenomenal, but the best part was the truly talented group of people
Mr. Ostrenko assembled together. The tremendously talented group that I really hope I have the opportunity to work with again..."
Jeffrey Wienckowski 

"It was nice to practise the ‘Throwing the Stone’ etude and understand its context. For me the technical approach in learning the etude in a more detailed way was a good step forward and I feel I would like to still move forward in more etudes and get to know the forms of Biomechanics and how these relate to the various underlying principles".
Pieter-Jos van Kampen, Netherlands

"I continue thinking that the work of Biomechanics is very interesting and I will try to work applying it".
Maria Casellas i Artigas, Spain

"What an enormous gift that “letting go” was! I carry the benefits of it with me still, into all my work and teaching that is to follow. 
My time with IUGTE served to clarify and hone what I already know, it exposed me to new techniques and methodologies, and ultimately, it cast new light on the theatrical path ahead of me".
Adam Noble, USA

"I have never studied before the “throwing stone” of Meyerhold and it was nice learning a little peace more and more deeply every day studying Meyerhold´s main points and using this points in that sequence"
Elisenda Renom, Spain

"This experience has re-awakened my desire to learn, to find projects and to improve my teaching and reminded me that a theatre artists training cannot end when they enter the professional world. In reality, that is when it should begin"
Sarah Dodd, 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