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Apply Now: International Winter School of Physical Theatre, 21-26 Feb 2017, Austria


IUGTE in collaboration with Bildungshaus Schloss Retzhof barrier-free international education center in Styria, Austria, are organizing the International Winter School of Physical Theatre
February 21 - 26, 2017 

Retzhof Castle - Austria



Is any Theatre Physical? 
Any kind of theatre is physical by its essence. It speaks universal languge. The creation comes from the actor's body. The actor’s body is involved in creating physical space for the spectator. The actor's body is at the centre of the storytelling process. 
What is Physical Theatre Today?...

This residential program is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and contemporary circus performers 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. The school provides the fascinating and inspiring encounter of artists from diverse artistic backgrounds and techniques; creates the platform for exchange, network and collaboration in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment and encourages the artists to search for the universal “intercultural” language in contemporary performance.  


Sergei Ostrenko and Gennady Ostrenko.



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

During the Lab participants will become acquainted with Ostrenko's method of performer's physical training and rehearsal, formed and inspired by the Russian Theatre Tradition. Performer'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 which 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.

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.

The working language is English. 



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

If you have questions about this program, please contact [email protected]

Participation fee is 450 EUR (early bird reduced fee) / 550 EUR

The fee covers participation in all events of the programme - practical training, lectures and discussions.



The accommodation for the participants is organized at the guest house of the beautiful 15th century refurbished Retzhof Castle in the landscape of natural beauty in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria. The group will stay and practice all together in the same venue. The group meals are also organized at Retzhof Castle restaurant. 
Click here for transportation details, room information and prices.