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Donka

A Letter to Chekhov

(12+)
Donka
Donka
Compagnia Finzi Pasca and Chekhov International Theatre Festival in co-production with  Theatre Vidy-Lausanne
Writer, Director, Lighting Designer and Choreographer
Daniele Finzi Pasca
Musical Composer, Orchestrations, Sound Designer and Choreographer
Maria Bonzanigo
Director of Creation Antonio Vergamini
Set and Props design Hugo Gargiulo
Creative Associate
Julie Hamelin Finzi
Costume Designer
Giovanna Buzzi
Video Designer
Roberto Vitalini for bashiba.com
Make-up Designer and Prop Collaborator
Chiqui Barbé
 Cyr Wheel Inventor Daniel Cyr
Researcher and Assistant Director
Facundo Ponce de León
Artistic Coordinator
Geneviève Dupéré
Lighting Co-designer and Production Director
Alexis Bowles

Performers:
Andrée-Anne Gingras-Roy, Beatriz Sayad, David Menes, Evelyne
Laforest, Félix Salas, Francesco Lanciotti, Jess Gardolin
Lydia Gomez, Marco Paoletti, Melissa Vettore, Rolando Tarquini,
Stéphane Gentilini

Presented with Russian subtitles

The great magic of the circus pays homage to Chekhov in a show of visions, delicate equilibriums, dancers, acrobats and jugglers.

The show was launched in January 2010 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s birth anniversary within the Chekhov International Theatre Festival. Daniele Finzi Pasca immerses himself in the life of a writer, through his writings and his diaries, decoding his notes, and giving shape and colour to his enigmatic silences. Donka, in Russian, is a little bell fixed on to a fishing rod, which rings whenever a fish bites. Chekhov adored fishing, and for him it was a way of abandoning himself to meditation. The director, fascinated by this image, and always looking for “states of lightness” in his work as creator, fishes in the pool of circus fantasy to give life to a isual poem of suspended objects and bodies.

An international cast of performers, decadent clowns, musicians, dancers and acrobats animates the stage, while underneath Maria Bonzanigo’s music spreads like a resonant carpet, recalling the atmosphere of faraway Russia. There are accordions, waltzes, old romances and traditional choirs, while a gallery of Chekhov characters parades by: doctors, eternal students, dreamers, bachelors, young girls who will spend their lives mourning. Moments of a lost world follow each other, with the songs of birds, the sound of the wind in the branches, Chinese shadows and a variety of colours. Our amazement is awakened, continuously.

With the support of

Government of the Russian Federation

Municipality of Moscow

2 video
May 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Mossovet Theatre
2 hours 5 minutes
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Supported by:
Finzi Pasca
Chekhov festival
Vidy Lausanne Theatre
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