DONVENA PANDOURSKY – CHOREOGRAPHER-PRODUCER OF “A LEGEND OF THE LAKE” BY PANCHO VLADIGEROV
Born in Sofia. She graduated from the State School of Choreography in 1978 and joined the Ballet of the Sofia Opera. She was dancing also in the Arabesque Ballet.
In 1984, she enrolled at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire /St. Petersburg, Russia/ – “Ballet Directing”. She graduated in 1988.
Since 1989, she has been living and working in Germany. She produced with the Stuttgart Ballet – “Young Choreographers” and ballet films. In the period 1989-1994, she worked as guest with the ballet companies: Stuttgart Ballet, Béjart Ballet, Ballet of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein – Düsseldorf, Ballet of the Pfalztheater – Kaiserslautern, Royal Swedish Ballet – Stockholm, Ballet of the Gothenburg Opera House – Sweden, London City Ballet, etc.
In 1994, she produced at the Sofia Opera “Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony” and “Concert, Op. 79” by Carl Maria von Weber. Since 1995, she has been living and working in Münster, Germany.
In 2005, she produced at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg – Russia, the ballet “The Magic Nut” /after Е.Т.А. Hoffmann/ – a superproduction with 262 characters and 72 students from the Vaganova Ballet Academy /designer Mihail Chemiakin/. In 2006, with the participation of soloists from the Mariinsky Ballet she produced at the Sofia Opera “Prokofiev-Rachmaninoff-Stravinsky”. The same year, she produced at the Mariinsky Theatre “Metaphysics-The Meek One-Le sacre du printemps” under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev with designer Mihail Chemiakin. The production was nominated in two categories for St. Petersburg's highest theatre award – “Golden Soffit”.
In 2017 in Münster, with the participation of soloists from the Mariinsky Ballet she produced “Enoch Arden” to Mahler’s music. In her production she uses music by Vivaldi, Vitali, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Brahms, Strauss, Rossini, Puccini, Saint-Saëns, Offenbach, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Sibelius, Villa-Lobos, Dutilleux, Shostakovich, Bizet-Shchedrin, Bernstein, Copland, Gould, Piazzola, Slonimsky, Farfarello, Vangelis, Ballard, Abercrombie, Bonham, Yossifov, Tsekov, authentic Bulgarian folklore, hip hop, etc.
She is author of ballet librettos and film scripts.