Ivan Dobchev

Stage director. Founder, artistic director and stage director of Theatre Laboratory SFUMATO, since 1989.


Professor at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia.


More than 150 mises-en-scène for drama theatre, TV and Opera, based on texts of Bulgarian, Russian and West European classics and Bulgarian contemporary playwrights, as  the mises-en-scene at “Ivan Vazov” National Theatre after Y. Radichkov, G. Buchner, S. Beckett, H. Muller, K. Iliev, etc.



Creations in Sfumato


2016

“That Thing”, atelier-spectale led by Ivan Dobchev and Margarita Mladenova

2015

Program “Terminal 2: A Book for Incineration”, by Ivan Dobchev and Georgi Tenev


2012

"Medea – my mother", by Ivan Dobchev and Stephan Ivanov, co-directed with Margarita Mladenova


2011

Program Shakespeare: "Wittenberg Revisited", by Ivan Dobchev and Georgi Tenev


2009

“OOOO - The Dream of Gogol”, after “Nevsky Prospect”, “Marriage”, “Ivan Fiodorovich Shponka and his Aunt” and “Diary of a Madman” by Gogol (co-directed with Margarita Mladenova)


2008

“Birth Mark” by Nickolay Koliada


2008

“Lazarus and Jesus”, after the apokrypha by Emilian Stanev, by Ivan Dobchev


2007

Program Strindberg “To Damascus: “Strindberg in Damascus”, based on “The Road to Damascus”, by Ivan Dobchev and Georgi Tenev


2006

Program “Exit: Astapovo Station”, based on documents and texts of Lev Tolstoy, with choreographers Marco Canteluppo and Katarjina Gdaniek /Switzerland/


2004

Program Dostoevsky “The Valley of the Dead Shadow: Ivan“, premiere at Theatre de laTempete, Paris, France


2002

“Born in Vetil”, author’s performance after poems and texts of A.Ilkov, G.Gospodinov and K.Yanakiev


2000

“The Black Fleece“, author’s performance, co-directed with Margarita Mladenova


1999

“Nirvana”, by Konstantin Iliev


1998

Program “Myths”: “Tiresias The Blind One”, after the myth for Œdipus


1997

Program “Archetypes: “Apocrypha” author’s performance, co-directed with Margarita Mladenova, premiere at Théatre de la Manufacture, Nancy, France

1996

Program Chekhov: “Uncle Vania”, by Chekhov


1995

Program Radichkov: “Icarus Fall”, after Bergman and Radichkov


1994

Program Yovkov: “The Sin Called Kutzar”, after Yordan Yovkov


1990

“Words towards B.”, after Beckett and B. Papazov


1989

“Evidences about Light in the Time of Pest”, after Pushkin and P. Atanassov


1989

“Seagull”, after Chekhov, co-directed with Margarita Mladenova

Creations in France co-directed by Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev


1997

“Little Pouchkine” , premiere at Theatre de Mâcon


1997

“Blood Weddding” by Lorca, The Conservatory, Paris


1996

“The Cherry Orchard”, by Chekhov, creation for The Avignon’96 Festival




International workshops of Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev:


2014

Workshop "Words for Love, Separation and Death", after letters of celebrities, with French actors, National Theatre of Bretagne, France


2013

Workshop "Chekhov – Oncle Vania", with american actors, Shakespeare&Co. Theatre, Lenox, MA, USA


2010

Workshop “With Dostoevsky”, with students of the Strasburg National Theatre School


Workshop "To Travel or to Descend", with bulgarian and swedish actors, in the frame of the project "SEAS. Black / North", Balchik-Sofia


2008

SEAS Black/North Workshop “Human, All Too Human”, with actors from 8 countries, Balchik


2006

Workshop 25++ “From the Outside to the Inside”, with actors from 8 countries, Sofia


2003- 2015

Workshops with students of Theatre Dept., NY University, “International Summer Theatre Festival”, Varna


2001

Workshop “Chekhov through Sfumato Poetics”, with students of Theatre Dept., St. Deny University, Paris


1998

Workshop on “Seagull”, Chekhov, with students of Drama Dept. of New York University, Varna


1997

Workshop on letters by A. Pushkin, with French actors, Theatre de la Tempete, Paris


Workshop on “Small Tragedies”, by A. Pushkin, with French actors, Theatre de la Colline, Paris; Theatre de Niort


Workshop on “Blood Wedding”, by Lorca, with students of the National Conservatory of Drama, Paris


1996

Workshop on “Cherry Orchard“, with French actors, Paris


1995

Workshop on “Seagull”, Chekhov, with French actors, Theatre Paris Vilette Lectures abroad


2001

“Sfumato – Poetics and Theatre Strategy“, la Sorbonne, Paris


1999

“Sfumato Poetics”, East-West Laboratory, Hamburg


1996

“Chekhov through Sfumato Poetics”, Academy of Modern Arts, Paris


Status: June 2016