International Program

Program type: International Program
Starts at: 20:00 - Friday, 04 October
Location: Alexander Griboedov State Russian Drama Theatre
Daniele Finzi Pasca

DONKA a Letter to Chekhov

Acrobatical theatre

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

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

Set and Prop Designer - Hugo Gargiulo


Duration:   120 minutes, with 1 intermission (20 minutes)



Andrée-Anne Gingras-Roy, Beatriz Sayad, David Menes, Jess Gardolin, Evelyne Laforest, Félix Salas, Francesco Lanciotti, Marco Paoletti, Melissa Vettore, Micol Veglia, Rolando Tarquini and Stéphane Gentilini.



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

I decided to discover Chekhov looking for particulars and details, both in his life and in the pages of his writings, and not only that. I thought of giving shape to the silences contained in the notes of his diaries and of creating images from his annotations.


I come from a theatre deeply impregnated with the language of clowns, of jugglers, of the delicate and magical world of acrobats. That is how I will recall Chekhov and to do it I will surround myself with the same accomplices as always, creators with whom I have worked for years and with whom I share not only the same sense of aesthetics and way of thinking of the theatre, but also the passionate way of defending our imaginary world.

Daniele Finzi Pasca



''Strange and surreal, funny and fun, Donka is simply dazzling.''

The Stage, London (UK), 07.06.2012             


 “One could say that the images of this piece are a ‘visual orgasm’ that leaves more than one open-mouthed. (…) I denitely lack of words to express all that this piece means and involves.”, Bogota (Colombia), 21.04.2012

The distinctive poetics of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca took shape from the concepts of the Theatre of the Caress and the Invisible Gesture. Developed over the course of thirty-six years, these concepts have consolidated a unique aesthetic and a very personal style of creativity and production, together with a philosophy of training for the actor, acrobat, musician, dancer and technician – a way of inhabiting the space. Theatre, dance, acrobatics, circus, opera and documentary all come together in the work of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca.

The company was founded by Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Hugo Gargiulo, Julie Hamelin Finzi and Maria Bonzanigo in 2011, continuing the work of the Teatro Sunil and of Inlevitas.

Based in Lugano (Switzerland), in its career it created 3 Olympic Ceremonies (Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014, both Olympic and Paralympic Games), 2 shows for the Cirque du Soleil: Luzia in 2016 and Corteo in 2005 (for the latter, 8,4 million spectators in a 10-year world tour), 5 operas of which Aida and Verdi’s Requiem are officially part of the Mariinsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg) yearly program (moreover: Carmen and Pagliacci at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Love from Afar for the English National Opera, London). And then: Avudo, a multimedia show that combines video mapping, lights and water fountains for the city of Montreal (249,000 spectators in 4 months).