International Physical Theatre Lab and IUGTE Conference


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!  The working language is English.

To apply for participation, candidates should send to
  • CV/resume with photo;
  • Cover letter (briefly state your motivation in free form).
Participation fee:
750 EUR (early bird reduced fee – if payment is made before August 8th);

(850 EUR – if payment is made after August 8th)

The fee covers participation in all events of the programme.
Until December 15 – 22, 2014

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, Carrara city cultural marble tour and the final conference buffet.
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!


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