Earlier this year, I attended The International Summer School of Physical Theatre at Retzhof Castle in Austria and it was easily one of the best experiences of my life. IUGTE describes the program on their website as follows:
“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. “
When I arrived at Retzhof Castle, it had been over a year since I had done any professional theatre and I was very excited and nervous to begin. I had the privilege of attending this program with 9 other, beautiful souls from around the world. I felt my heart open to these people, learning about their lives, their work, and their dreams. It had been years since I felt such a connection with other people… and we only spent 1 week together. The program itself was challenging and rewarding. Sergei Ostrenko and Gennady Ostrenko
introduced different exercises each day that can be used to create relationships between context, words, and movement. You can learn the details from the IUGTE
website. My interest is sharing with you, my experience. I have always wanted to perform full-time, to be challenged as an artist, to be happy, to be working with wonderful people, everyday of my life. This program was the first experience I have ever had, that showed me, it is truly possible. During this week of training, I lived the life I have always wanted to live. The life of an artist. Surrounded by people with similar goals, work ethic, and spirit. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in this program. My life is forever changed… and now I am fully devoted to creating a life for myself, as a person and artist, that brings me as much fulfillment on a daily basis as this program did.