Biomechanics. Psychological Gesture. Physical Action
under the direction of Sergei Ostrenko
May 27 - 31, 2013
The program is designed for experienced actors, 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation fee is 750 EUR (if payment is made before May 22nd);
850 EUR (if payment is made after
The fee covers participation in all events of the 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 ArtUniverse Scholarship, candidates should send the following documents:
IUGTE can help participants to organize accommodation and meals.
The official day of arrival is Monday, May 27th from 14:00.
The day of departure is Friday, May 31st at 9:00.
"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
"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
"Valuable ideas I take with me: there is value in little explanation; we are what we are thinking of; the ancient body knows more than the mind; the Pendulum"
Michelle Miall, Australia
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.