Donka – A letter to Chekhov

Compagnia Finzi Pasca (Switzerland)

15, 16 February 2019

Godz. 20:30


Sala Teatralna

Duration: 120 minut (20 minutes intermission between acts)
Tickets: : 80zł

Creation Team


Writer, Director, Lighting Designer and Choreographer: Daniele Finzi Pasca

Director of Creation: Antonio Vergamini

Musical Composer, Orchestrations, Sound Designer and Choreographer: Maria Bonzanigo

 Set and Prop Designer: Hugo Gargiulo

 Creative Associate: Julie Hamelin Finzi

 Costume Designer: Giovanna Buzzi

 Video Designer: Roberto Vitalini for

 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


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


Technical Team on Tour

Stage Manager: Allegra Spernanzoni

Tour Manager: Patrizia Capellari

Technical Director and Head of Lighting: Julien De La Sablonnière

Head Rigger: Jens Leclerc

Head Carpenter and Video Operator: Nicolò Baggio

Co-sound Designer and Sound Technician: Fabio Lecce

Sound Technician: Alessandro Napoli



A production of Compagnia Finzi Pasca and Chekhov International Theatre Festival

in coproduction with Théâtre Vidy – Lausanne


With the support of:

Government of the Russian Federation

Municipality of Moscow



Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola

Caffè Chicco d’Oro

Helsinn – International Partner


Photo: Viviana Cangialosi

Life should not be represented as it is and how it should be, but as it appears in dreams...

Daniele Finzi Pasca is a visionary of the theatre, author of successful shows of Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize as well as of spectacular opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic Games. He is director, theatre producer and actor – all in one. Considered one of the most interesting personalities of the modern theatre, he is also a laureate of many important theatre awards.

Compagnia Finzi Pasca presents a resplendent spectacle from the borders of theatre, new circus, dance theatre, music and singing, in which eleven artists and acrobats participate. In this show, consecutive poetic images appear as in a dream. They are filled with breath-taking acrobatic feats, intertwined with amusing scenes of high-quality clownery. The show is a tribute to Anton Chekhov and it was created in 2010 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the writer’s birth. The premiere took place at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow.


“Strange and surreal, funny and fun, Donka is simply dazzling”

The Stage - London UK

“There are times in exquisite Donka: A Letter to Chekhov when you can feel your heart literally rise in your chest.”

The West Australian, Perth, Australia

“This is the stuff of delirious dreams, in which strange images bleed into each other (...).The level of skill is remarkable, and the evening’s textured tone is appealing.”

The Guardian, London, UK

“Chekhov reputedly had a wicked sense of humour. I suspect he would have loved Donka.”

Critical Dance, Taipei (Tajwan)