International Multidisciplinary Workshop

Berlin - Germany  |   07 - 14 January 2021


The workshop is open to practicing theatre directors and choreographers working in various genres, techniques and styles interested to acquire reliable director's toolkit to create contemporary professional productions in the settings of limited rehearsal time. The workshop offers a stimulating environment in which participants will be able to develop their own movement skills, as well as to learn approaches of directing movement for stage from simple exercises to the whole performance piece.

Students may expect to encounter different movement and directing techniques varying from the principles of traditional theatres to modern approaches. Practical sessions are designed to enhance skills as both a movement teacher and movement director.


During the workshop participants will become acquainted with Ostrenko's method of psycho-physical training and rehearsal, formed and inspired by the Russian Theatre Tradition.
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.


Participants will practically explore:

  • how to foster connection and cohesion among performers and guide them in the creative process;

  • 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;

  • the ways of building up the scene composition and performance atmosphere of the performance;

  • approaches to develop character and images through movement and improvisation;

  • how to encourage performers' relation with artistic space, freedom in improvisation and spontaneity;

  • approaches to unfolding the actor’s creative nature and mounting contemporary professional performances.


The program includes intensive practical training, lectures, and discussion forums under the guidance of the theatre director, choreographer and teacher Sergei Ostrenko.



All students enrolling in this intensive One-Week Workshop should be aware that this is an introductory course. The limitations of a one-week course should be apparent, given that many people spend years studying and perfecting the craft.


The workshop working language is English.

The Director and The Actor


January 7:
13:00-16:00 - Group arrival and check-in.
16:00-18:00 - Short tour and first group lesson
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.

January 8-12:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-13:00 - Practical training.
13:00-14:00 - Lunch.
15:00-18:00 - Practical training.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
19:30-21:00 - Creative hour.

January 13:
7:00-8:00 - Warm-Up.
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00-13:00 - Practical training.
13:00-14:00 - Lunch.
15:00-18:00 - Practical training.
19:00 - Final dinner 

January 14:
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Check-out and departure.

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


Participation fee: 550 EUR

(early bird reduced fee until August 14).

After: 950 EUR


The workshop is held in Trebnitz Castle

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