Dobrinka Valkova

Dobrinka came to the notion of doing Sensory Installations after a painful experience that left her semi-blind for two months in 2004. This gave birth to an artistic installation and short film, based on interviews with blind people and reconstructing the way they move in reality, that was realised in Bulgaria. This is where she has discovered for herself the beauty of working in darkness with the senses. After that, she got introduced to Sensory Labyrinth Theatre in 2005 via a TOT in Caerdroia, North Wales and felt in love with the multidimensionality of this social drama method.

By education she has a bachelor in Cultural Study, Anthropology and Linguistics (2000) with a consequent specialization as a psychodrama therapist (2007). She has been also trained and practiced community development by the means of art, nature and heritage in rural areas in Bulgaria (2001 ongoing), as well as action research.

She entered the NGO sector in 2001 as a project manager of an online environmental NGO network of 5/600 hundred environmental organizations. Later on, (2004-2008) she worked as a manager of an online shop. She is still interested in the field of online marketing.

Currently she works in a fine arts and jewelry gallery in her native town, Veliko Turnovo in the heart of Bulgaria, which is a touristic site rich in culture and history, and popular among climbers with its pre-mountain landscape and rocks. There she is also taking care after her 9 year old daughter and doing her meditation practice. Plus some SEO or other freelance activities in the fields above.

 

Languages:

English – advanced level

Russian – intermediate

Spanish and Italian –  beginners’ level