In 1989 stage directors Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev founded the Theatre Laboratory SFUMATO as a long term strategy which works by its own creative methods.
Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev participate regularly with their creations in Sfumato at Bulgarian theatre forums and have attended also international festivals as : The Autumn Festival in Paris, Festival “Passages”, Nancy, Avignon Festival, France; Luxembourg – European Capital of Culture, “Ohrid Summer”, Macedonia; Sibiu festival, Romania; Bonner Biennale, Theater der Welt, Berlin, Foire de Leipzig, Summer Festival of Hamburg, Germany; Mittelfest, Cividale, Festival “Migrations” of Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy; San Marino Stage Festival; MESS Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia&Herzegovina; Festival of Small Forms, Rijeka, Croatia; Spring Arts Festival, Shizuoka, Japan; Festival “Ex Ponto”, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Christmas Festival, Novosibirsk, Russia; Festival “FIAT”, Serbia and Monte Negro; International Theatre Festival, Bucharest, Festival “Interferences”, Cluj, Romania; The Theatre at the Fortress Festival, Seoul, Korea;
Their performances are presented also at Hebbel Theater, Berlin; Culturgest, Lisbon; Theatre of Nations, Mayerhold Art Center, Moscow; Komisarjevska Theatre, St.Petersburg; Theatre Studio, Warsaw; Theatre de la Tempete, Paris, National Stage “Le Parvis”,Tarbes, National Stage “Le Trident”, Cherbourg, National Theatre Strasburg /TNS/, National Theatre Bucharest; etc.
Both Mladenova and Dobchev have been awarded with all major Bulgarian Theatre Awards for more then 20 of their creations. She has won three times the prize “Askeer” for the best production of the year. Their performances have also international awards from Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Photo 2016 © Prof. Tsocho Bojadjev