International Directing Workshop

International Directing Workshop - Colaboratorio Arte

May 13 – 17, 2013

Tuscany, Italy

The event is organized in collaboration with A.B.I.T. Academy Armata Brancaleone –
International Theatre Academy in Massa Carrara.
The programme is designed for performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles.
Intensive practical training, lectures and discussions guided by the Russian theatre director and teacher Sergei Ostrenko. Participants will become acquainted with Ostrenko Method formed and inspired by the greatest figures of the Russian Theatre Tradition and the newest experiments in performing arts.
During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to become acquainted with Ostrenko method:

1) Director’s preparation from reading of the play until meeting with the actors.

Analysis of the play:
  • Emotional penetration into the play – repeated reading, contemplation of images, active story telling, etc. 
  • Formulation of the plot – brief story about the main conflict. 
  • Discovery of the basic events and actions – initial, final, main and central events; through actions of all characters; counter-actions and conflicts.
  • Analysis the given circumstances – space, time, objects.
  • Exploring the main traits of the characters – what does the script itself reveals about the characters and what do the characters reveal about themselves and other characters.
  • Immersion into the material – exploring the epoch, biography of the author, personal correspondence of the author, critiques and reviews of the time. 
  • Formulation of the super-objective of the performance – connecting all characters through actions and the super-objective.

Composing the Performance:
  • “Irresponsible” composition of crazy ideas.
  • Avoiding cliche and stereotypes. 
  • Composition of style. 
  • Determination of the genre. 
  • Search of the form of the performance.
  • The period time of expectation and ripening.
  • Enlightenment. 
  • Check-up by the play. 
  • Director, composer, designer, choreographer – the team of leaders. 
  • Some words about casting.
2) Ostrenko method of rehearsal – from exercises to building up a scene.
Participants will have the opportunity to acquire reliable director’s toolkit to create contemporary professional productions and improve their skills. This is a wonderful chance to find collaborators and partners for future creative work and gain new experience of creative collaboration in a multicultural and multilingual theatre environment.
The Lab opens the door towards the collaboration project – the performance creation in a Russian repertory theatre together with Russian actors!
The working language is English.
To apply for participation, candidates should send CV/resume with photo and a cover letter to  
Participation fee is 550 EUR (if payment is made before March 8th);
650 EUR (if payment is made after March 8th). 
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme.
There are several Scholarships available supported by ArtUniverse
Each scholarship amount is 300 EUR and covers the part of the participation fee.
To apply for ArtUniverse Scholarship, candidates should send the following documents:
  • Letter of motivation stating the workshop title and dates – scholarship application essay/personal statement. Applicants should demonstrate strong motivations and clearly describe the reasons why they should be considered eligible for the scholarship and how this will contribute to their professional development.
  • Detailed CV describing all specific practical skills and abilities.
  • Evidence of age – scanned passport copy or identity card.
  • Latest head shot and 2-3 additional photos.
  • Any additional material describing professional experience: web links to past projects and performances, photo, video, reviews, articles, interviews, etc. Applicants may also include the details of any other scholarships or awards they holds or have held.
The programme is starting on Monday, May 13th, and finishing on May 17th.
Monday, May 13
17:00-18:30 First meeting and introduction.

Tuesday,  May 14 – Wednesday,  May 15 – Thursday, May 16

10:00-13:00 Practical training.

13:00-14:30 Break.
14:30-17:30 Practical training. 
17:30-18:00 Break.
18:00-19:30 Creative hour.
Friday, May 17
10:00-13:00 Practical training.
13:00-14:30 Break.
14:30-17:30 Practical training and conclusion. 
The Lab will take place at A.B.I.T. Academy Armata Brancaleone – International Theatre Academy in Massa Carrara, the province in the Tuscany region of Italy near the Mediterranean Sea. The nearest international airport is located in Pisa – Aeroporto Galileo Galilei. From the airport there is a direct train to Massa town. IUGTE staff will be glad to help you in planning your itinerary to the venue and to help with information about accommodation options in the area.


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