The Sfumato was founded in 1989 by stage directors Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev. It was meant to be a theatre laboratory; a territory for theatrical researches. It sees itself as a long-term creative strategy, driven by the conviction that the artistic and the spiritual have a common nature.

The Sfumato (which is a method to paint the air) seeks the intersection between ‘here’ and ‘there’, ‘now’ and ‘always’; it uncovers the no-play in the play; it uncovers the unseen and it analyses the archetypal oppositions. The Sfumato undertakes long-term projects about authors, subjects and preliminary ‘expeditions’ in order to accumulate scientific material with the support of a large number of experts — philosophers, scientists, theologians, psychologists, etc. The workshop constitutes the basic model of creative life for the Sfumato. With its parallel programmes and its annual festival, The Small Season, it is open to a dozen projects by young professional artists. It also keeps a large circle of foreign partners, more than 300 performances on tour and a dozen workshops all over Europe, Japan and Korea. Since 1994, the Sfumato has been established as National Theatre with the status of an innovative theatre. After leaving behind a long ‘nomadic’ lifestyle, with several locality changes due to commercial constraints, the Sfumato has been based in an old public baths building, which was reconstructed according to a specific architectural project, since 2003. It possesses three stages with auditoriums of 180, 50 and 30 seats, respectively.


Member since 2011
Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev

Sofia, Bulgaria
2, rue “Dimitar Grekov“
1504 Sofia Bulgaria
E-mail: sfumato.theatre@gmail.com http://sfumato.info