Compagnia Finzi Pasca: DONKA - A letter to Chekhov - 2014 Taiwan International Festival of Arts

2014-03-14 19:30 - 2014-03-16 16:30

Compagnia Finzi Pasca: DONKA - A letter to Chekhov - 2014 Taiwan International Festival of Arts

When: 14 - 15 Mar 2014 Fri - Sat 19:30, 16 Mar 2014 Sun 14:30
Where: National Theater Concert Hall

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Poetic, spectacular, simply dazzling. A kaleidoscopic piece to present the essence of a literary master with performance as light as air. DONKA -A letter to Chekhov, created by Daniele Finzi Pasca, is a great magic of the circus paying homage to Chekhov in a show of visions, delicate equilibriums, dancers, acrobats and jugglers. Daniele Finzi Pasca, who has directed for Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize, this time immerses himself in Chekov's life, his writings and his diaries, decoding his notes and annotations, and giving shape and form to his famous, enigmatic silences. Daniel successfully writes a visual poem of suspended objects and bodies.

Underneath the music spreading like a resonant carpet, an international cast of able performers-decadent clowns, musicians, dancers, and acrobats—animates the stage, recalling the atmosphere of far away Russia. There are accordions, waltzes, old romances and traditional choirs, while a gallery of Chekhov characters parades by: eternal students, doctors, dreamers, bachelors, young girls who will spend their lives mourning. It is a dream-like passage to re-define Chekov's world with a vague feeling of melancholy and sharp passion.

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Writter and Directer: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Musical Composer and Orchestrations: Maria Bonzanigo
Director of Creation: Antonio Vergamini
Set and Accessories Designer: Hugo Gargiulo
Creative Associate: Julie Hamelin
Costumes Designer: Giovanna Buzzi
Light Designer and Choreographies: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Sound Designer and Choreographies: Maria Bonzanigo
Video Designer: Roberto Vitalini for
Make-up Designer and Props Maker: Chiqui Barbe
Cyr Wheel Inventor: Daniel
CyrResearcher and Director's Assistant: Facundo Ponce de Leon
Performer: Moira Albertalli, Helena Bittencourt, Jean-Philippe Cuerrier, Annie-Kim Dery, Catherine Girard, Andree-Anne Gingras-Roy, David Menes, Felix Salas, Beatriz Sayad, Rolando Tarquini.


Writter / Directer: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Daniele Finzi Pasca grows up in a family of photographers. He is introduced to the circus world through gymnastics; later, under the guidance of a clown named Fery, he sets foot on stage for the first time. In 1983, he founded the Teatro Sunil, company where he developed a vision of the art of clowning, dance and acting, and called this theatrical technique "theatre of the caress". For more than one decade, Pasca has created impressive and unforgettable programs of acrobatic theatre for Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize. Daniele creates and directs the closing ceremony of the Torino 2006 XX Winter Olympic Games. Compagnia Finzi Pasca and Chekhov International Theatre Festival in coproduction with Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne present Donka- A letter to Chekhov.


Tips: Approx. 120 minutes with an intermission. Performed in English and French with Chinese surtitles. The performance contains smoke effects. Viewer discretion is advised. Pre-talk: 30 minutes before every performance at the Lobby of National Theater. Post-talk: 16 Mar 2014 (Sun) at the Lobby of National Theater.


Price: NTD 600 / 900 / 1200 / 1600 / 2000 / 2600 / 3200
Tel: 886-2-33939888
Add: 21-1 Chung-Shan S. Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Official Website: Compagnia Finzi Pasca


*Information provided by Taiwan International Festival of Arts


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