East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

International Summer School of Physical Theatre, July 6-11, 2015 (Styria, Austria)


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. 


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.  




The programme includes intensive practical training and discussions guided by the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko.

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 thelanguage 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


Visit IUGTE PHOTO GALLERY of the past programmes.




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 550 EUR (early bird reduced fee) / 650 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. 
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The official arrival day is Monday, July 6th from 13:00.

The departure day is Saturday, July 11th after breakfast at 9:00.



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


Monday July 6th: 

From 13:00 - Group arrival and check-in.

16:50-17:00 - IUGTE Programme Coordinator meets the group. Short tour around Retzhof Castle.

17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.

18:00-19:00 - Dinner.


Tuesday July 7th, Wednesday July 8th, Thursday July 9th:

7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.

8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.

9:30-12:00 - Practical training.

12:00-13:00 - Lunch

13:00-14:00 - Break

15:00-18:00 - Practical training.

18:00-19:00 - Dinner

19:00-19:30 - Break
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures, discussions and creation.


Friday July 10th:


7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.

8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.

9:30-12:00 - Practical training.

12:00-13:00 - Lunch

13:00-14:00 - Break
15:00-18:00 - Practical training.

19:00 - Finally buffet dinner & party. 


Saturday July 11th: 


7:30-9:00 - Breakfast

9:00 - Check-out and departure.




IUGTE in collaboration with Bildungshaus Schloss Retzhof