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One-Week  International Workshop / Residency 

20 - 27 January 2022

Laubegg Castle - Austria

The workshop is specifically designed to prepare participants for professional practice, both within the educational context and within professional development in the fields of acting, movement, directing, composition, etc. 



20 - 27 January 2022 

Laubegg Castle - Austria 

Primarily aimed at high-level choreographers, directors, dancers and actors who wish to extend their knowledge and skills through practical research of:

  • how to tell a story through dance and movement, performance and acting; 

  • how to be choreographer, director of the physical theatre, movement and dance; 

  • how to create an ensemble and professional performances in limited rehearsal time;


Practical sessions are designed to enhance understanding of performance making, ensemble building, composition and rehearsal processes, and skills in pedagogy. The training is designed as a multidisciplinary intensive lab with participation and practice together with performing arts practitioners from different techniques and countries.


This workshop is a simple way that can help you formulate your personal unique approach to work with actors and dancers, through intensive practical training based on the Ostrenko Method of a performer's physical training and rehearsals.


Students may expect to encounter the techniques of such outstanding figures as V. Meyerhold, M. Chekhov, K. Stanislavski which got incorporated into the method by Ostrenko.


The course is taught by experienced professional practitioners, experts in performing arts pedagogy, actors’ training, theatre directing and movement research in intercultural groups and projects. 



The working language is English.


Ostrenko's approach is internationally renowned, from Russia to the USA, from Iceland to South Africa, from Canada to Australia, from Singapore to Italy and beyond.


Ostrenko's approach is a systematic approach to performance, which generates innovative productions utilizing concepts, ideas, and existing play-texts. It introduces some of the effective techniques and approaches towards contemporary performance practice in the context of the short rehearsal time and multicultural aspect of the creative team.   


Ostrenko's approach offers the tools and support necessary for students to reach their full potential.


The programs aim to explore the performer's physicality, step beyond the limits of the text-based acting through the introduction of V. Meyerhold’s “Biomechanics”, K. Stanislavski's “Physical Action”, M. Chekhov’s “Psychological Gesture” and elements from other techniques of nowadays. 


Sergei Ostrenko has over 30 years of professional experience as a Director, Choreographer and Performance Teacher.


Sergei has directed over 40 theatre productions, producing international projects for both the professional stage and for education in numerous countries, including Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.


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

Participation fee: 550 EUR (August 3, 2021)

After: 650 EUR. 

The fee covers only participation in the program.

Please, note, that the group is formed on a competitive basis.



January 20:

13:00-16:30 - Group arrival and check-in.

16:30-17:00 - A short tour around the Castle.
17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

January 21, 22, 23, 24, 25:

7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-13:00 - Practical training 
13:00-14:00 - Lunch.
14:00-15:00 - Break.
15:00-18:00 - Practical training 
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures, discussions and creation.

January 26:

7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-13:00 - Practical training 
13:00-14:00 - Lunch. 
14:00-16:30 - Practical training 
16:30-18:00 - Break.
18:00 - Final Dinner 

January 27: 

8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Check-out and departure.


The organizer receives the right to make changes in the schedule. 


For transportation, accommodation prices and other details  click here


The accommodation for the participants organized at the guest house of the venue in the landscape of natural beauty in Ragnitz, Austria. The group can stay and practise all together in the same venue

"We had enchanting group of people, all coming from different countries, cultures, speaking different languages and still working together. It was so good to exchange ideas, suggestions and skills in between the classes and so good to meet lovely artistic people from all parts of the world. I am glad that I participated in this workshop; it was indeed a very special experience"

Kiran Pavaskar, India

"Participating in one of Ostrenko workshops will not only give you new skills but will also help you gain a fresh perspective on your practice. ...This has genuinely been one of the best experiences of my life. Recommended!"

Magdalena Krohn , Poland

"It was a big pleasure and honor for me to work under brilliant teachers Sergei Ostrenko and Ilgenio Russo, and with others participants form all around the world. THANK YOU ALL for a wonderful time, hard but charming training and tons of new experiences and informations" Juraj Benko, Slovakia

Juraj Benko, Slovakia

"If anyone has lost touch with their body - or if you're intrigued by Biomechanics - I would nudge you towards IUGTE. Great week of physical lab and a top notch conference!" 

Daisy Badger, UK


Students can receive the

Certificate of Participation in this intensive training. 


Evidence that you are serious about your education and professional development.

The certificate is provided after student's participation in the training and submitting the report/essay of their experience at the program (1500 words).



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