Background

Long-term programs aimed to approach the poetics of a text or an author through several performances.
The difference between program and repertoire is in the nature of theatrical passion Pathos of the repertoire model is "something for every one of us", so there is a passion for variety. The program itself is more like spiritual expedition to full of mysteries territory; penetration into someone's world, someone's areas /the world of Yovkov, Radichkov or Chekhov/ - this is a passion for digging. There are determinate ways of life in each of these worlds and they should be discovered /felt and realized/, accepted and respected - this is how the catechism / the poetics, the context/ of the performance is constructed. We are looking for the theatrical language, the form, the theatrical dramaturgy of those contents /but not just connotations/ that we have found there. So, we are looking for the aesthetics.
Program is this better chance for you to inhabit author's world, to commensurate yourself with it; to sink in his areas of silence.
 

 
PROGRAM ‘CHEKHOV’
PROGRAM ‘YOVKOV’
PROGRAM ‘RADICHKOV’
PROGRAM ‘MYTHS’
PROGRAM ‘ARCHETYPES’
PROGRAM ‘NOMINA TRIVIALIA’
PROGRAM ‘DOSTOEVSKY’
PROGRAM ‘EXIT’
PROGRAM ‘STRINDBERG’
PROGRAM ‘ARCHETYPES’
PROGRAM ‘GOGOL’
PROGRAM ‘SHAKESPEARE’
PROGRAM  MEDEA - MY  MOTHER
PROGRAM DESAPEARING HUMANITY
PROGRAM TERMINAL 2
PROGRAM CHASING THE DEMONS
Idiot and Demons

PROGRAM HOAS ARK
Crazy Grass and New Bible
 
1989 – 1996
1991 – 1992
1993 – 1994
1997 – 1998
1997 -  2000
2001 -  2002
2003 -  2005
2005 -  2006
2006 -  2007
2008 -  renewal
2008 -  2009
2010 -  2011
2012 - 2017
2013
2014 - 2015
2017

2018

 

Preliminary "expeditions"
First step of each project to amass a factual and scientific material on a theme, in partnership with a wide range of experts: poets, philosophers, linguists, theologians, psychologists, etc.

 

Annual participation in all Bulgarian theatre festivals
"VARNA SUMMER", "APOLONIA" - SozopoL, "STAGE ON THE CROSSROAD" - Plovdiv,
“ON THE SHORE” - Burgas, NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE SMALL THEATRE FORMS - Vratsa, THEATRE HOLIDAYS - Blagoevgrad, “DRUMEV” HOLIDAYS - Shumen
 
Parallel program and annual festival "Small Season"
Sfumato Theatre Laboratory is open to the dozens of projects of younger professionals of all the arts through its parallel programs and its annual festival "Small Season", which includes about 60 actions and is held for 10 days between June 25 and July 5, in the four theatre halls and in outdoor areas. The free access makes the time of the festival a zone of highly creative combustion.
The nomination "Sfumato - New Names" foresees invitations to performances, presented at the fest, to get into Sfumato playbill for the next season; production of future projects of the nominees.
 
Sfumato Circle: poetry evenings, concerts, photographic exhibitions, openings books, seminars, discussions, meetings with the public, projections of alternative and noncommercial films.
 
International activities: international forums, multilateral projects
Sfumato Theatre Laboratory has a wide circle of foreign partners, more than 300 performances on about 40 tours/festivals and more than 40 workshops throughout Europe, Japan and South Korea.
 
The Sfumato has made coproductions with FESTIVAL D'AVIGNON, ТEOREM, France; Hebbel Theater, Berlin; FESTIVAL PASSAGES, Nancy; MES-Sarajevo;
and European projects as co-organiser in projects supported by “Culture 2000” within the Programs THEOREM, “25 + + Artistic Emergencies in Europe" ; SEAS Black / North
:
In the frame of THEOREM in 2000 Mladenova and Dobchev produced the performance “The Black Fleece” for the Avignon Festival and Hebbel Theatre Berlin as coproducers
For the program "25 ++ Artistic Emergencies in Europe", initiated by Culturesfrance with 4 European coorganizers, in 2006 Mladenova and Dobchev produced at the Sfumato their first international workshop "From the Outside to the Inside" with actors from Georgia, Bulgaria, France, Lithuania, Russia, Belgium, Romania, Ukraine.
In the frame of the project "SEAS.Black/North", initiated by Intercult, Sweden, with 6 European coorganizers, were held international workshops: "Human, Too Human" with actors from Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Macedonia, Turkey, Great Britain / 2008 / and "To Travel or to Descend" -  Balchik-Sofia /2010/.
 
Other international workshops in Bulgaria
‘I AM AN ACTRESS’, with Bulgarian actors and American actress and director Daniela Varon, Sofia 2011;
‘THE UNIVERSAL SOIL ON THE LANDFILL’, with Bulgarian actors, in the frame of the international
project “Atelier 200” of the Union of Theatres of Europe (UTE), Sofia 2012; ‘CHEKHOV: UNCLE VANIA’,
with American actors, “Shakespeare&Co”, in the frame of the International program of Drama League NY,
Lenox MA, USA 2013; ‘WORDS FOR LOVE, SEPARATION AND DEATH, with students from the School of TNB, Rennes, France 2013; ‘SECOND HAND’, masterclass, with the international troupe ISO of the Union of Theatres of Europe (UTE) and Bulgarian actors, in the frame of the EU project “Conflict Zones”, Sofia 2016; MY SELF”, with American students of Pace School of Performing Arts and Bulgarian students from their classes at NATFA in Sofia, Varna and Sibiu 2017.
 
Mladenova and Dobchev also led
Workshops abroad, including workshops on Chekhov, Lorca, Pushkin, M. Pavich, Beckett, Dostoyevsky at Théâtre Paris-Villette, Théâtre de la Colline, Théâtre de la Tempête with French actors, students of the National Conservatory, Paris, the School of Strasbourg National Theatre, the School of National Theatre of Bretagne, Spanish actors in Madrid, several workshops with students from New York University in Varna, with actors of Shakespeare and Co., Lenox, US, with students of PACE University, New York, US.
 
Creations of Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev abroad:
"The Cherry Orchard", A. Chekhov, Festival d'Avignon 1996; "The Little Pushkin", National Stage of Mâcon 1997; "The Blood Wedding", Lorca, CNAD Paris 1997;
“Medea – My mother”, National Theatre Bucarest 2016

The Sfumato has presented its performances within forty international festivals like: THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN PARIS / 12 performances of Strindberg Program in 2008 /; THE FESTIVAL D'AVIGNON; PASSAGES, Nancy, France; LUXEMBOURG - European Capital of Culture; TEATER DER WELT, Berlin; BONNER BIENNALE, FOIRE de Leipzig, SUMMER FESTIVAL of Hamburg, Germany; CONTACT, Torun, Poland; MESS, Sarajevo, Bosnia&Herzegovina; Mittelfest, Cividale, FESTIVAL “MIGRATIONS” of Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy; SAN MARINO STAGE FESTIVAL; FIAT, Podgoritza, Serbia and Monte Negro; EX PONTO, Ljubljana and Novo Mesto, Slovenia; BALTIC HOUSE, St. Petersburg, CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, Novosibirsk, Russia; INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, Bucharest, INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, Sibiu, INTERFERENCES, Cluj, NETA festival, Bucharest, SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Craiova and Turnu Severin, Romania; FESTIVAL OF SMALL FORMS, Rijeka, Croatia; SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL, Shizuoka, Japan; SPAF FESTIVAL , Seoul, THE THEATRE AT THE FORTRESS FESTIVAL, Seoul, Korea; OHRID SUMMER, FESTIVAL OF ANTIQUE DRAMA “STOBI”, Veles, Macedonia, FESTIVAL “DIMITRIA”, Thessaloniki, Greece, etc.
And on tour: VIENNA, ZURICH, Hebbel Theater, Berlin; THEATRE de la Tempete, Paris / 2 months with 40 performances/; THEATRE STUDIO, Warsaw; THEATRE OF NATIONS; MEYERHOLD CENTRE, Moscow, KOMISARJEVSKA THEATRE, St. Petersburg; Culturgest, Lisbon; SAO JOAO NATIONAL THEATRE, Porto; SHIZUOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Japan; Suwon Hwaseong THEATRE, South Korea; NATIONAL STAGE OF CHERBOURG “LE TRIDENT”; NATIONAL STAGE OF TARBES “LE PARVIS”; TNS-NATIONAL THEATRE, Strasbourg
/ 20 performances /, NATIONAL THEATRE  BUCHAREST;  CENTER “OSCAR NIEMEYER”, Aviles, Spain, etc.
Bulgarian Culture Institutes in Brussels, Vienna, London, etc.
The Sfumato has presented its performances within forty international festivals like: THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN PARIS / 12 performances of Strindberg Program in 2008 /; THE FESTIVAL D'AVIGNON; PASSAGES, Nancy, France; LUXEMBOURG - European Capital of Culture; TEATER DER WELT, Berlin; BONNER BIENNALE, FOIRE de Leipzig, SUMMER FESTIVAL of Hamburg, Germany; CONTACT, Torun, Poland; MESS, Sarajevo, Bosnia&Herzegovina; Mittelfest, Cividale, FESTIVAL “MIGRATIONS” of Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy; SAN MARINO STAGE FESTIVAL; FIAT, Podgoritza, Serbia and Monte Negro; EX PONTO, Ljubljana and Novo Mesto, Slovenia; BALTIC HOUSE, St. Petersburg, CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, Novosibirsk, Russia; INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, Bucharest, INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, Sibiu, INTERFERENCES, Cluj, NETA festival, Bucharest, SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Craiova and Turnu Severin, Romania; FESTIVAL OF SMALL FORMS, Rijeka, Croatia; SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL, Shizuoka, Japan; SPAF FESTIVAL , Seoul, THE THEATRE AT THE FORTRESS FESTIVAL, Seoul, Korea; OHRID SUMMER, FESTIVAL OF ANTIQUE DRAMA “STOBI”, Veles, Macedonia, FESTIVAL “DIMITRIA”, Thessaloniki, Greece, etc.
And on tour: VIENNA, ZURICH, Hebbel Theater, Berlin; THEATRE de la Tempete, Paris / 2 months with 40 performances/; THEATRE STUDIO, Warsaw; THEATRE OF NATIONS; MEYERHOLD CENTRE, Moscow, KOMISARJEVSKA THEATRE, St. Petersburg; Culturgest, Lisbon; SAO JOAO NATIONAL THEATRE, Porto; SHIZUOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Japan; Suwon Hwaseong THEATRE, South Korea; NATIONAL STAGE OF CHERBOURG “LE TRIDENT”; NATIONAL STAGE OF TARBES “LE PARVIS”; TNS-NATIONAL THEATRE, Strasbourg
/ 20 performances /, NATIONAL THEATRE  BUCHAREST;  CENTER “OSCAR NIEMEYER”, Aviles, Spain, etc.
Bulgarian Culture Institutes in Brussels, Vienna, London, etc.


Awards
Almost all Sfumato’s productions, its directors and actors are awarded with National awards. International awards:
The Black Fleece: Golden Laurel Award for Best Show and the Audience Award – MES-Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2000; Awards for the best performance, best music and best dramaturgy, Special award for the ensemble collective acting and Audience silver award – Small Theatre Forms Festival, Rijeka, Croatia 2001
The Dance of Death: Awards for the best actor, best actor in second role and best music – Small Theatre Forms Festival, Rijeka, Croatia 2008;
Nirvana - Best performance Award – “Actor of Europe” Festival, Ressen, Macedonia; Best actress Award – “Risto Siskov” festival, Strumica, Macedonia 2016.
The Dream of Gogol: Best performance Award - Small Theatre Forms Festival, Rijeka, Croatia 2016;
 


Festivals and touring           Bulgarian Cultural Instituts in europe – Bruxelles, Vienna 2011, London 2013, Athens - 2014  

Ateliers with leaders Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev / International Workshops in Sfumato and abroad

 SFUMATO   PRODUCTIONS
SEAGULL
A.P.Chekov/ Margarita Mladenova/ Vetcheslav Parapanov/ Elena Ivanova
1989
 
PLAYING PETRUSHEVSKA
Ludmila Petrushevska/ Margarita Mladenova/ Vetcheslav Parapanov
1990
 
EVIDENCES ABOUT LIGHT IN THE TIME OF PEST
after Peter Atanasov, A.S.Pushkin, T.S.Eliot, S. Quasimodo/ Ivan Dobchev/ Assen Avramov
1991
 
P.S.
after A.P.Chekov/ Margarita Mladenova/ Vetcheslav Parapanov/ Nataly Genova
1991
 
INFERNO INN (DJENDEM KHAN)
Ekaterina Tomova/ Ivan Dobchev/ Zoia Gentcheva
1991
 
WORDS TOWARDS B.
Boyan Papazov/ Ivan Dobchev/ Ivan Dobchev
1992
 
PROGRAMME YOVKOV
THE SIN CALLED ZLATIL
Iordan Iovkov/ Margarita Mladenova/ Elena Ivanova/ Vetcheslav Parapanov/ Assen Avramov
THE SIN CALLED KUTZAR
Iordan Iovkov/ Ivan Dobchev/ Ivan Dobchev/ Elena Ivanova/ Assen Avramov
1992
 
PROGRAMME RADICHKOV
THE FALLING OF ICARUS
Yordan Radichkov, Ingmar Bergman/ Ivan Dobchev/ Svetoslav Kokalov
CRAZY GRASS
Iordan Raditchkov/ Margarita Mladenova/ Vetcheslav  Parapanov/ Assen Avramov
1993
 
PROGRAMME CHEKHOV
UNCLE VANJA
A.P.Chekov/ Ivan Dobchev/ Daniela Liachova & Nikola Toromanov
THREE SISTERS
A.P.Chekov/ Margarita Mladenova/ Daniela Liachova & Nikola Toromanov/ Assen Avramov
1994
 
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
A.P.Chekov/ Margarita Mladenova & Ivan Dobchev – Avignon
1996
 
BLOODY WEDDING
Lorca/ Margarita Mladenova & Ivan Dobchev  - Paris
1997
 
PROGRAMME ARCHETYPES
APOCRYPHA
Margarita Mladenova & Ivan Dobchev/ Ivan Dobchev/Daniela  Liachova/ Assen Avramov
1997
 
SOMNIUM ULIXIS (THE DREAM OF ULYSSES)
after Heiner Muller, Joseph Brodsky, Georgi Tenev, Kiril Merdjansky/ Javor Gardev/
Daniela Liachova & Nikola Toromanov/ Assen Avramov
1997
 
THE SMALL POUCKINE
After Pouchkine/ Margarita Mladenova & Ivan Dobchev – Macon, France
1998
 
PROGRAMME MYTHS
TIRESIAS - THE BLIND ONE
Kiril Merdjansky/ Ivan Dobchev/Ivan Dobchev/ Daniela  Liachova/ Assen Avramov
ANTIGONE - THE MORTAL ONE
after Sophocles/ Margarita Mladenova/ Daniela Liachova/ Assen Avramov
1998
 
QUARTET
Heiner Muller/ Javor Gardev/ Nikola Toromanov & Daniela Liachova/ Assen Avramov/
Simon Varsano
1999
 
NIRVANA
Konstantin Iliev/ Margarita Mladenova/ Vetcheslav Parapanov/ Kiril Donchev
1999
 
SOLARIS
Stanislav Lem/ Stojan Radev/ Tibetski Sartza
1999
 
THE BLACK FLEECE
Ivan Dobchev / Margarita Mladenova / Daniela Liachova/ Assen Avramov
2000
 
PROGRAMME NOMINA TRIVIALIA
BORN IN BETHEL
Ivan Dobchev/ Georgi Gospodinov / Ani Ilkov/ Kalin Janakiev / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
2002
 
PROGRAMME DOSTOEVSKY the Valley of the Dead Shadow:
Aliocha
Margarita Mladenova / Gueorgui Tenev/ Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
Ivan
Ivan Dobchev / Gueorgui Tenev / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
2004
 
 
NOT I
Samuel Beckett / Ivan Dobchev / Ivan Dobchev / Assen Avramov
2005
 
PROGRAMME EXIT:
ASTAPOVO STATION
Ivan Dobchev / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov / Lubomir Mladenov /Marco Cantelupo / Katarjina Gdanjek
ELABUGA STATION
Marina Tsvetaeva / Margarita Mladenova/ Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov /Marco Cantelupo / Katarjina Gdanjek
2006
 
PROGRAMME STRINDBERG TO DAMASCUS:
JULIE, JEAN AND KRISTINE / FROCKEN JULIE
Margarita Mladenova / Daniela Liahova / Assen Avramov
DANCE OF DEATH  
Margarita Mladenova / Daniela Liahova / Assen Avramov
STRINDBERG IN DAMASCUS
Ivan Dobchev / Gueorgui Tenev / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
2007
 
LASARUS and JESUS
after  Emilyan Stanev / Ivan Dobchev / Vladimir Slavov / Assen Avramov
2008
 
BIRTH MARK
after  Nikolay Koliada / Ivan Dobchev / Venelin Shurelov
2008
 
OOOO-The Dream of Gogol
after “Nevsky Prospect”, “Marriage”, “Ivan Fiodorovich Shponka” and “Diary of a Madman” by Gogol Ivan Dobchev / Margarita Mladenova / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
2009
 
PROGRAMME Shakespeare
THE WINTER’S TALE / by Shakespeare / Margarita Mladenova / Daniela Liahova / Assen Avramov
WITTENBERG REVISITED
Ivan Dobchev / George Tenev / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov / Lubomir Mladenov
2011
 
NIRVANA
Konstantin Iliev / Ivan Dobchev / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
2011
 
MEDEA  – MY MOTHER
Ivan Dobchev / Margarita Mladenova / Daniela Liachova / Assen Avramov
2012
 
PROGRAMME DESAPEARING HUMANITY (WORKSHOPS-PERFORMANCES):
PULSING MANworkshop for rhythm
Leaders Assen Avramov, composer and Mila Iskrenova, choreographer
Intrusion
By Frederic Sonntag / Led and directed by Stylian Petrov
PORTRAIT OF MADONNA
By Tennessee Williams / Led and directed by Dimitar Sardjev
BETWEEN HOLLYDAYS
By Stefan Ivanov / Led and directed by Margarita Mladenova
2013-2014
 
PROGRAMME TERMINAL 2:
THE PLANE IS LATE
Boris Hristov / Margarita Mladenova / Stefan Ivanov / Nicola Toromanov / Assen Avramov /Yana Lozeva /
Lubomir Mladenov
A BOOK FOR incineration  
Georgi Tenev and Ivan Dobchev / Ivan Dobchev / Hristo Namliev
2014
 
THAT THING (ATELIER-SPECTACLE)
Directed by Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev
2016
 
THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF THE FLEA MARKET
Based on the book “Second-Hand Time” by Svetlana Alexievich / Ivan  Dobchev / Petia Bujukova / Hristo Namliev/ Tsocho Bojadjiev
2017
 
PROGRAMME DOSTOEVSKY: CHASING THE DEMONS
IDIOT
Margarita Mladenova / Boris Dalchev / Michaela Dobreva / Assen Avramov / Stefan Ivanov / Yana Lozeva
DEMONS
Ivan  Dobchev/ Boris Dalchev / Michaela Dobreva / Assen Avramov / Yana Lozeva
2017
 
PROGRAMME RADICHKOV: NOAH’S ARK
CRAZY GRASS
Margarita Mladenova / Boris Dalchev / Michaela Dobreva / Hristo Namliev / Yana Lozeva / Tsocho Boyadjiev/ Georgi Kapriev
NEW BIBLE
Ivan  Dobchev / Boris Dalchev / Michaela Dobreva / Assen Avramov / Yana Lozeva/ Stanislav Pamukchiev / Tsocho Boyadjiev/ Georgi Kapriev
2018