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"Dramaturgy of Physical Action" Physical Theatre & Directing Workshop in Berlin, Germany

Dates of the program: 25 - 30 August 2021

Location: Berlin - Germany

This international program is suitable for both, - choreographers who work mainly with movement, as well as for directors who work mainly with actors in physical or text-based performances.

Performers from different backgrounds interested in expanding their practical skills, develop international network opportunities and collaborators are also welcome to apply!

The main focus of the program is to answer the crucial nowadays question "How to enrich dance performances with psychological tension?" and "How the physicality in acting enriches drama performances?". Probably, these are the two most demanding and most interesting questions that modern directors and choreographers are facing.

The program is designed as a full-day workshop lab, where students will practically / physically explore different techniques which will help them to discover answers to these questions.

The course may be valuable to practitioners interested in the processes of creating contemporary dance, movement or physical theatre performance — particularly artists wondering what it means to bring action in performances, to work with text, with images, and many other practical and useful tools for creating professional performances, regardless of budget.

In parallel, students will touch "Theatre Biomechanics" technique of Russian Avant-Gard theatre innovator V.Meyerhold, "Psychological Gesture" of M.Chekhov, the "Physical Action" of K.Stanislavski and several different techniques.

The working language is English.

The training is designed as a multidisciplinary intensive lab with participation and practice together with performers from different techniques and countries. Multidisciplinarity and multiculturality is one of the most important principles of our programs.

Register Now: ̶9̶5̶0̶ ̶E̶U̶R̶ 550 EUR Register until 3 August in order to save 40% as an early bird reduced rate

About Ostrenko Brothers Method

Ostrenko's method 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.

It can be also described as a valid combination of practice and theory. It’s a very practical approach to the performance making process from the performers' perspective, as well as from the directors'. The Ostrenkos' approach generates innovative productions, utilizing concepts, ideas, and discoveries of K.Stanislavski, Vs.Meyerhold and M.Chekhov.

Ostrenko's method of work relies on the performer’s physicality and physical action. The key to unfolding the actor’s creative nature underlies in the body. Through the body and physical actions, actors discover form, emotional colours, and feelings. The actor’s relationship with artistic space, his freedom in improvisation and spontaneity play an important role in the creative process. As a result, intangible becomes tangible. Atmosphere and style are born inseparably from this creative process.

Ostrenko Brothers method offers the tools and support necessary for students to reach their full potential in performing and directing.

About Sergei Ostrenko

International theatre projects under the guidance of Sergei Ostrenko took place in different countries: Austria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

His creative work is the synthesis of the Russian Theatre School and the newest experiments in performing arts. Ostrenko has vast directing experience in different genres.

He has dedicated many years to the exploration of world theatre traditions working with performers from different countries and cultures.

His approach in the international scene is known as the effective method of growing cohesion and the creation of live performances within limited rehearsal time. Students of Ostrenko, theatre workers from Russia, Europe, America, Asia and Australia, have been using his creative method in their own performance and teaching practice. Since the end of the 1990s, Sergei has been travelling and researching traditional and contemporary performing arts techniques - Contact Improvisation, Kinetic Environment, Structural Improvisation, techniques of Alexander, Laban, Butoh, Suzuki, Pilates, Viewpoints, Eugenio Barba's approach, Chinese Opera and Mak Yong.

And, of course, the fundamental education Sergei Ostrenko has in the methods of K.Stanislavsky, Vs. Meyerhold and M. Chekhov.

About Gennadiy Ostrenko

Gennadiy Ostrenko - movement director, teacher and stage designer. He received his first education in Fine Arts. After graduation he started to work at theatre, starting his career from a stage designer to a movement director.

He has carried out many lines of creative projects in the field of performing arts in Ukraine and Russia. In the framework of IUGTE, he took part in different international multidisciplinary projects in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Latvia and Malta.

Gennadiy is a movement director in many international performance productions in Russia and Ukraine. In the series of International Shakespeare Performance Projects in Russia and Ukraine, he worked on movement and choreography for such performances as “Passions of Romeo”, "Rehearsing Richard", "Lullaby for Hamlet" and "Love and Death in Verona".

Gennadiy Ostrenko's passion for the movement has resulted in a newly designed program for performers - "Theatre Biomechanics". This program is mainly based on Vsevolod Meyerhold investigations of techniques for performers training. Gennadiy based his program on elements of classical Meyerhold's biomechanics, which go in conjunction with contemporary methods of performers' preparation.

Another important part of Gennadiy's teaching approach is improvisation. Improvisation is an important part of training for actors, as it is related not only to bodywork but also to work with imagination and images. The researches in improvisation brought him to a deeper study of M. Chekhov's technique, as well as to the study of the animal movement.

About Program Venue

Katapult is a space for education, creation and exhibition of contemporary performing arts in Berlin, Germany. Situated in a warehouse complex, next to the river Spree, Katapult embodies the alternative, do-it-yourself mentality that nurtures and sustains the Berlin art scene. A community-driven project run by a small team of artists for artists, we offer residencies, workshops and open training for artists and creators from a wide variety of disciplines.

The studio is 150m2, with a soft floor covered in dance vinyl (participants can slide with ease and jump without injuring themselves). Participants will also have access to a WC, co-working space and a self-service bar where they can socialise over tea/coffee or a post-workshop drink.

NIPAI has housing coordinators who will be glad to assist you.

Please feel free to contact them here

Venue Address: Wilhelminenhofstr 91, 12459 Berlin. (Nearest S-Bahn: Schöneweide)



Register Now: ̶9̶5̶0̶ ̶E̶U̶R̶ 550 EUR Register until 3 August in order to save 40% as an early bird reduced rate

Note to our students, those who have missed the sessions and classes due to Corona-Virus and wish to join this session have to inform us by email.

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