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BornSofia, Bulgaria

Anna Doneva (Bulg. Анна Донева) is one of the most distinguished Bulgarian choreographers and contemporary dance teachers.


Anna Doneva was born in Sofia in the family of the famous opera director Svetozar Donev and the famous Bulgarian prima ballerina Svetlana Doneva (Svetlana Hristova). She has an older brother Stephan Donev who is also an opera director and teaches at the Bulgarian National Musical Academy.

Doneva began her dance education in 1987 at the National School of Dance Art in Sofia, Bulgaria and her teacher in ballet was the famous Bulgarian prima ballerina Kalina Bogoeva. She undertook further studies in 1993 at the Dance Theater Department of Theatre Studio 4xC. In 1999, she graduated from the Bulgarian National Musical Academy, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree of Ballet Pedagogy in the Vaganova method. She continued her training at the Laban Centre in London, UK, focusing on choreography, Cunningham technique, release technique, choreological studies, dance teaching, repertory, improvisation, movement observation, anatomy, contact improvisation, yoga and Thai Chi, completing a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies in 2001. In 2011 Doneva was awarded a master's degree of Choreography after completing additional studies at the Art Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.[1]

Doneva began teaching contemporary dance technique at the National School of Dance Art in 2001. She was actively involved in establishing the first Contemporary Dance department in the school in 2004 and took the position of Artistic Director in 2011[2][3]. Since 2016 she is a chief of expert "Music and dance" – Department of Culture, Sofia Municipality.

Doneva's choreographic work is focused on movement's placement in space and time, and the occurring relationships and forms between the dance objects. Her work is not strictly abstract, with the emphasis placed on pure dance movement. Starting points are the human emotions and relationships, leading to the interaction between rhythm, form and sound. Her work has been acknowledged for unique, distinguished lines and gestures, as well as for its complexity.[4][5].

Her classes are strongly focused on the students's ability to understand and utilize different dance methods, creating a system which supports the development of their physical and artistic skills. Her emphasis is on pushing the boundaries of the body, understanding the internal connections, working on alignment and strengthening while producing clarity. The dance sequences are bases on the principals of LMA (Laban Movement Analysis), Cunningham and release techniques. Focusing on developing the dancers's performance skills, her method also places great importance on the understanding of the relationships between the choreographer and the dancer and the choreographic creative process as a whole.

Doneva is a regular teacher at the International Summer Ballet Academy in Varna, Bulgaria, and has been engaged in various workshops in Bulgaria and Italy. She has served as a jury member for a large number of professional ballet competitions in Bulgaria and Italy.

Choreographic works[edit]

National Opera and Ballet Sofia

  • 2015 "Les pecheurs de perles", G. Biset

The National Musical Theater

  • 2002 "Jesus Christ Superstar" A. L. Webber
  • 2003 "Sugar" B.Wylder and I.A.Dimand
  • 2005 "Evita" A. L. Webber
  • 2007 "Miss Saigon" Shonberg
  • 2009 "Cats" A. L. Webber

Arabesque Ballet Company[6][7][8]

  • 1998 "Sleeping…THERE" A. Vapirov
  • 1999 "Black Box" G. Arnaoudov
  • 2008 "Aquarelles" N. Paganini, J. [9]
  • 2013 "Swan Lake" Tchaikovsky[10]
  • 2016 "Whisper" String Quartet No.15, Shostakovich

State Opera Varna, Bulgaria[11]

  • 2013 "Musicals Gala" A. L. Webber
  • 2014 "Jesus Christ Superstar" A. L. Webber
  • 2017 "Cats" A. L. Webber[12][13]
  • 2019 "GOLEMANOV" musical created by Georgy Gostov /music/ and Ivo Siromahov /libretto/[14]
  • 2019 "LOVE NEVER DIES" A. L. Webber[15]

State Opera Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • 2019 "Aquarelles" N. Paganini, J. [16]

State Opera Rousse, Bulgaria[17][18]

  • 2009 Die Fledermaus" by J. Strauss
  • 2015 "A Pray" J. S. Bach

In 2008 her work "Bulgarian Rose" was chosen (amongst works from 15 other European countries) to be presented at the European Dance Platform in Frankfurt.[19][20]

Additional items include repertoire works for the National School of Dance Art, Sofia, Bulgaria (2001 – 2011)[21][22] as well as various works ballet competitions[23][24][25]:

"Memory", "To a wild rose", "Forgotten painting", "Carmina Burana"," Etude for three", "Confession", " Bach 2"," Die Fledermaus" by Strauss, "A time eyes closed", "Letters from Europe", "The silent ones", "Beginning", "Touch", "Bach" ,"Duet", "Solo ", "Bulgarian Rose", "Holy God" , " The kiss", "Lament". "Water marks" and many others.[26]


  1. Светозар Донев режисьорът, Марин Бончев. Университетско издателство „Св. Климент Охридски", София, 2018.
  2. Интервю на Анна Донева, директор на Национално училище за танцово изкуство и Сара Нора Кръстева -- ръководител на Националната балетна трупа при Елена Пенчукова в предаването „Откровено с Ели" в телевизия BBT (Interview with Anna Doneva, Director of the National School of Dance Art and Sara Nora Krasteva - Head of the National Ballet Company).
  3. НУТИ обявява нов прием (NSDA announces a new reception) – Интервю с Анна Донева и Асен Павлов по ClassicFM.
  4. Independent Theatre in Contemporary Europe, Manfred Brauneck and ITI Germany, Bielefeld, 2017, p.227.
  5. Анна Донева: щедър замах на хореографската четка (Anna Doneva: a generous sweep of the choreographic brush), Blog.bg, 24.10.2016.
  6. Балет „Арабеск” България („Arabesque” Ballet Bulgaria) – Програма сезон 2016/2017.
  7. Балет „Арабеск” между авангарда и традицията („Arabesque” Ballet Between the Vanguard and Tradition). Публикувано във факти.бг: 8 ноември 2013.
  8. Viva la classica. Спектакъл на Балет „Арабеск” („Arabesque” Ballet Performance). Културни новини - 16 януари 2014 на сцената на Музикален театър.
  9. Дом на културата "Борис Христов" („Boris Hristov” House of Culture) – Афиш март.2019.
  10. Чайковски, Лебедово езеро (Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake) - Национален музикален театър „Стефан Македонски” ,Viva la classica.
  11. Варненската опера гостува с "Котките" на столична сцена (Varna Opera toured with Cats on the capital's stage), Разговор на Росица Кавалджиева с проф. Светозар Донев и Анна Донева, Радио Кърджали, 19.11.2017.
  12. "Котките" сме вие и аз, всеки от нас („Cats” are you and me, each of us). Културни новини – Интервю с Анна Донева, 03 април 2017.
  13. "Гордея се, че всички мюзикъли на Уебър са ми предоставени с право на моя собствена постановка (I’m proud that all Webber musicians are provided to me with the right of my own making) – Държавна опера Варна новини.
  14. Българска музикална асоциация (Bulgarian Music Association), Програма за 10.03.2019.
  15. За пръв път в България „Любовта никога не умира” – апотеоз на операта през мюзикъла (About the first time in Bulgaria “Love never dies” – an apotheosis of opera through musical) - Държавна опера Варна, Афиш септември 2019.
  16. Огнена „Кармен” и поетични „Акварели” с премиера в Балетна вечер (Fiery „Carmen” and Poetic „Watercolors” premiered on Ballet Night). Културни новини – Държавна опера Пловдив представя.
  17. Премиера на танцовия спектакъл „Откровения” (Premiere of „Revelation” Dance Performance). Културни новини - Балетът на Държавна опера Русе отбелязва Международния ден на танца с премиера в Русе и Велико Търново.
  18. Балетът на Държавна опера-Русе отбелязва Международния ден на танца с премиера в Русе и Велико Търново (State Opera-Ruse Ballet Celebrates International Dance Day with Premiere in Ruse and Veliko Turnovo), Държавна опера Русе – Новини, септември 2019.
  19. Анна Донева представя България във Франкфурт (Anna Doneva represents Bulgaria in Frankfurt). В-к „Сега” 22 май 2008.
  20. Анна Донева пребори 50 хореографи във Франкфурт (Anna Doneva beat 50 choreographers in Frankfurt). classa.bg май 2008.
  21. Училище за звезди (Star Scool) – В-к “Дума”, 12.06.2012.
  22. Танцов спектакъл: Децата на България танцуват (Dance performance: The children of Bulgaria dance ) – hotNews.bg 07.04.2015.
  23. Анна Донева. Танцът на „лунната госпожица“ (Anna Doneva. „Moon Miss “ Dance). Сп. „За хората”, бр. 284, юли 2012.
  24. Премиера на танцовия спектакъл „Откровения” (Premiere of „Revelation” Dance Performance). Културни новини - Балетът на Държавна опера Русе отбелязва Международния ден на танца с премиера в Русе и Велико Търново.
  25. Конкурс за съвременна хореография на името на Маргарита Арнаудова (Contest for contemporary choreography named after Margarita Arnaudova). Публикувано във факти.бг: 30 октонври 2014.
  26. Анна Донева – актьор, постановки и награди (Anna Doneva - actor, productions and awards). theatre.art.bg програма септември 2019.

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