Get to know… director Daniele Finzi Pasca

In June, Southbank Centre welcomes the UK premiere of Donka – a tale of circus, magic and mischief, directed by Daniele  Finzi  Pasca.

Daniele Finzi Pasca

Daniele  Finzi  Pasca was  born in Switzerland, in 1964. Director, author and choreographer, Daniele has had a life-long fascination with clowning.

He was sentenced to a short stay in prison for acting as a conscientious objector and during that time, he put the finishing touches to his trilogy dedicated to escape’. One part was Icaro, which has run for more than 20 years around the world in six different languages.

The years that followed saw Finzi Pasca direct 25 shows with his company Teatro Sunil and write and direct for Cirque Eloize Nomade and Rain. After the success of Rain on Broadway, he was nominated Best Director for a Drama Desk Award in New York.

Cirque du Soleil asked him to write and direct their new show, Corteo, which opened in 2005 to rave reviews. He was also asked to direct the closing ceremony of the XXth Olympic Winter Games in Torino in 2006.

In 2009, he co-founded ‘Inlevitas’, a company for the development of new projects, including film and operas such as L´amour de loin for the English National Opera.

Daniele  was  commissioned  by  the Chekhov  International  Theatre  Festival  in Moscow  to  direct  Donka which  opened  the  150th celebration  of  Chekhov’s  birth,  in  2010.

In 2011 he directed Verdi’s Aida for the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre, as well as a new version of Carmina Burana for the inauguration of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Catch Donka at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 2 – 8 June 2012. Get tickets here.

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