Physical Theatre 
Physicality in Acting

1 - 6 July, 2020
Lake Studios Berlin, Germany

The annual residential program is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience working in various genres and styles, interested in the practical creative research of Physical Theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary performance. 

This intensive workshop provides the fascinating and inspiring encounter of artists from diverse artistic backgrounds and techniques; creates the platform for exchange, network, and collaboration in a multicultural and multilingual artistic environment and encourages the artists to search for the universal “intercultural” language in contemporary performance.  


During the program, participants will have the opportunity to explore Ostrenko method of a 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, scene composition from exercises to performance: these are some of the elements uniquely transformed and combined in Ostrenko's teaching system.

Participants will research 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 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 time
Practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises that progress from simple to compound. Gradually the group proceeds to group improvisations and structures. Every day sets advanced creative tasks developing the preceding steps. Through the system of consecutive exercises, the group grows common language and trust, ability to collaborate and create together.

This program 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.

The program includes intensive practical training and discussions guided by Sergei Ostrenko - Russian theatre director, choreographer and teacher, and Gennadiy Ostrenko - choreographer, movement director, theater artist, designer, painter. 

The working language is English


Students can receive the Certificate of Participation in this intensive training upon submitting the detailed creative report/essay (1500 words) after participation in this intensive workshop. Evidence that you are serious about your education and professional development.  


To apply for participation, please fill in the online Application Form

If you have questions about this program, please contact

 Registration fee

Participation fee 
750 EUR 
The fee covers participation in all events of the program: practical training, lectures and discussions.
Please, note, that group is formed on the competitive basis.

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

July 1: 
18:00 - 20:00 First group meeting and practical training.

July 2-6:
10:00 - 13:00 - Practical training.
13:00 - 14:30 - Lunch
14:30 - 18:00 - Practical training.

The workshop is held in "Lake Studios Berlin" in Berlin, Germany near the beautiful lake Großer Müggelsee
Registered participants will receive the address of the studio.

Participants organize accommodation and meals independently. 

The nearest international airports are 
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) and
Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)

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

"The harmony in the group was perfect and everyone was ready to get as much as possible out of the workshop by working hard with enthusiasm and joy every day, the whole week...
The working tools / exercises /tasks we got from Sergei Ostrenko were really innovative, exciting and energetic and are helpful in overall creative work. There are endless possibilities to work with them because they awaken the creative energy within in many ways"
Lára Stefánsdóttir, Iceland

"I have always wanted to perform full-time, to be challenged as an artist, to be happy, to be working with wonderful people, everyday of my life. This program was the first experience I have ever had, that showed me, it is truly possible. During this week of training, I lived the life I have always wanted to live. The life of an artist. Surrounded by people with similar goals, work ethic, and spirit. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in this program. My life is forever changed…" 
Sebastian Cummings, Germany

"This was unforgettable experience and I undoubtedly looking forward to attend more of
the IUGTE events in the near future".
Evgeniya Kalugina, Netherlands

"The supportive and nurturing environment of the facilitators as well as the fellow participants overwhelmed me and from this I began to learn valuable skills that one needs to have to instill such supportive environment within my own artistic ventures." 
Gabriella Bishop, South Africa

"The IUGTE International Summer School of Physical Theatre in Austria will hold a dear place in my heart, mind, and training. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to grow that this intensive provided. It provided the catalyst for transition and improvement I would not have found on my own".
Vivian Glazier, USA

"I would like to thank Sergei for letting me look at directing and performing from a different conceptual perspective. And for reminding about sacred functions of theater and performance..."
Olga Merekina, China

"It has been an inspiring session, one that I hope to repeat soon. The workshop has been conceptualized brilliantly and the reins are in the hands of accomplished teachers".  
Nrupa Soman, India

"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

"Due to your love and passion for theatre I was able to experience
a wonderful week in Austria which I will recommend to everybody."
Sara Francesca Hermann, Switzerland