Declan Donnellan Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement< Back
awards ceremony on Friday 29 July
One of the most influential European directors to have confronted the great drama classics from all over the world, borrowing from the lavish repertory of plays from the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration eras, from German and French classic theatre, from the siglo de oro of Spanish theatre and from Russian drama, as well as from the great literary classics, Declan Donnellan has been awarded the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement along with the following motivation by Director Rigola: “For his profound trust in the text. For his capacity to bring the classical texts to a contemporary audience leaving their reading capacity intact. For having placed the actors at the centre of his work and brought out the best in them. Talking about Declan Donnellan’s productions means talking about an immense undertaking in the field of acting.”
Lev Dodin invited him to stage The Winter's Tale at the Maly Drama Theatre in St Petersburg, and in 2007 Peter Brook asked him to direct Andromaque at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris. In 2000, he formed a company of actors in Moscow, under the auspices of The Chekhov International Theatre Festival, whose productions include Boris Godunov, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters, and The Tempest.
Today Cheek By Jowl produces Donnellan and Ormerod's work in three languages, and their most recent productions includeUbu Roi in French, Measure For Measure in Russian and The Winter's Tale in English. Opera includes Falstaff with Claudio Abbado at Salzburg, ballets are Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet both at the Bolshoi and his feature film Bel-Ami with Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott-Thomas was released in 2012. Donnellan's book, The Actor and the Target, originally published in Russian (2001), has since appeared in 15 languages, including Italian, French, Spanish, German, Romanian and Mandarin.
He has received several awards in many cities including Moscow, Paris, New York, and London, including the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement.
He was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his work in France and in 2009 he shared the Charlemagne award with Craig Venter and Desmond Tutu.