Valentina L.

VALENTINA LACMANOVIC
Performance and video artist

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from Solar Ring triptych video art (2015), photo: Valentina Lacmanović

Studied drama at CNSAD (French National Academy of Dramatic and dance – classical and contemporary techniques in Croatia, France, Spain, Turkey, India and The Netherlands.

She also possesses a Master degree in Philosophy/Aesthetic (title : “Fascination de la laideur”) at Universitéé Paris VIII.

Fluent in five languages, Valentina was always attracted to variety of cultures, philosophies and performing arts technique as well as martial arts.

From 2001 onwards, her work has been focused on creating solo and collaborative performances, inspired by rituals (as roots of performing arts), shamanic practices and trance-like states. Profound research into ritual versus performing spaces gave since 2003 a new direction to her work as an art director and performer, ultimately resulting in the project “Shedervish” (2007), a dance and video-art piece and an experimental video artwork “Shedervish Framed”, work that settled the base for her recognisable, unique signature.

Since 2008 she has been creating performances and projects for both white cube and black box spaces in collaboration with musicians, video-artists, sound-artists, filmmakers, dancers and in dialogue with experts in anthropology, ethnology and psychoanalysis.

Nowadays she works and lives between Amsterdam and Paris. Her main focus is creation of contemporary art of immersion through interdisciplinary projects, mainly performances and video art, inspired by philosophical reflection on ritual practices and transformative performance acts. She continues her research (under the title “From Trance to Performance”) on convergences and divergences between contemporary visions of performance and enacting of rituals.

Member of HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists)

RECENT WORKS

EXHIBITIONS and SCREENINGS

2017

CATCH (video art) at IVAHM new media arts festival Madrid

CATCH (video art) screening, ZPC Zagreb

2016 

DISORIENT at Museo CAV La Neomudéjar, Madrid

Video-performance retrospective at Museo CAV La Neomudéjar

Solar Ring triptych video screenings at: IVAHM festival Madrid and IVAHM on tour (Rivne, Ukraine), Signes de Nuit Festival (Lisbon and Paris edition), Croatian short film festival (Samobor, Croatia)

2015

Solar Ring triptych video, screenings at Flaneur Gallery (Singapore) (Future of Imagination 10)

FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR collective exhibition at gallery “Le 18bis”, Paris

SOLAR RING – solo exhibition of video artwork, gallery DiTS, Amsterdam

2014

SHEDERVISH FRAMED video installation at 7.5 art space, group exhibition, Paris

2013

SHEDERVISH FRAMED video, screening at Suikerzoet Film Festival (Schiedam, NL),

AXES/OSI, exhibition at Gallery “Siva Zona” Korcula (Croatia), with Nina Kurtela, curated by Darko Fritz

PERFORMANCES

2016

DISORIENT – performance et Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris

DISORIENT – performance at Museo CAV La Neomudéjar, Madrid

2015

ORACLES performance, commissioned by Leseptcinq art space, Paris

2014

WITH-IN performance (with Francisco López), Modern body festival, Den Haag (NL),

DVD, performance by Robertas Narkus (group exhibition “Father can’t you see I’m burning”), De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam (as performer),

 I-O, performance by Pil Galia Kollectiv at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (as performer),

SPIRAAL, performance at PALAIS DE TOKYO, Paris

2013

SPIRAAL, performance at art-space “7.5 club” Paris

2012

FROM ZERO TO ONE, performance at HDLU, Gallery  “Bačva”, Mestrović Pavilion Zagreb

SPIRAAL, author and performer, performance at art-space “7.5 club”, Paris,

WITH-IN, with FRANCISCO LOPEZ, immersive sound/immersive movement, creation and performance in Den Haag, NL

2010

SHEDERVISH variation, Lalish Theatre, Vienna (Austria) – performance, dance workshop and conference “From Trance to Performance “,

SHEDERVISH (dance/video-art performance), Westergasfabriek Amsterdam,

SHEDERVISH variation, performance at the solar energy battery (“Pozdrav Suncu”), Zadar (Croatia),

SHEDERVISH, dance/video-art performance at the Festival of dance and Non-speaking Theatre, Svetvinčenat (Croatia),

SHEDERVISH, dance/video-art performance at Marin Drzić Theatre, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

COLLABORATIONS

2016  DISORIENT with Ludivine Allegue

2012 WITH-IN  collaboration with Francisco López (http://www.franciscolopez.net/), residency at Studio Loos (Den Haag) and performance With-In 2012, 2014 and more to come

2012 SILENT SPIN, collaboration on the project choreographed by Liat Magnezy (Dance Motion Picture company, NL), performed at Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, NL

2011 International Flute Sounds Festival, Pristina (Kosovo), direction, choreography and dance, “Sufi Night (experimental)” with Burak Malçok/ ney, Eremira Çitaku/ flute, Avni Krasniki/ electronics, Astrit Stafai /al oud

2010 VAZOKI, performance (with Zotora / didgeridoo and Kiku Day / shakuhachi)  at Sacred Music Festival, Drammen and at Mausoleum Emanuel Vigeland, Oslo (Norway)

TEACHING:

2017

SPIRAAL workshop at Cloud Danslab Den Haag

SPIRAAL 3 month course at Cloud Danslab Den Haag

*since 2011 REGULAR INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS SPIRAAL https://vimeo.com/105423375

REVIEWS (recent)

Audio release WITH-IN

Interview@ Clam Mag

Clam mag coverclam magazine winter 2015

 

Interview @Kontura Art magazin

 

Interview of Valentina Lacmanovic in Kontura
Interview with Valentina Lacmanovic in Kontura by Neva Lukic, 2013.

– “Powerful “Shedervish”, the questioning of the author about the oriental methods of meditations in movement, left the long lasting impression in the memory of the festival. One of the major reasons for it is the commitment to the concept, which elevates Valentina Lacmanovic into the realm of intelligent creators, with great charisma and wise artistry.” GLAS ISTRE

– “Pure and mysterious, astonishing in archetypal simplicity of whirling, “Shedervish” is obviously far from popular exotic and trendy mysticism.” MAJA DJURINOVIC, KULISA.EU

– “Fascinating journey into the heart of the mystic Near East tradition in the performance SheDervish by Valentina Lacmanović” – SVETVINCENAT FESTIVAL

-“Performance of the Croatian dancer Valentina Lacmanovic, a very sensual and unusual version of the whirling dance at its best” VOLKSKRANT

– “Pure amazement prevails among the many spectators as the dance of Lacmanovic Valentina progresses …
With thousands of repetitive revolutions of her body the dancer evokes admiration and excitement of the audience who is asking themselves if this is physically possible. Apparently so, because Lacmanovic shines and triumphs within the ecstasy that she brings on stage.” PZC

“With-In” recension in “Onda Rock”

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WITH-IN performance, Modern Body Festival 2014, photo: Erin McKinney

 

Interdisciplinary Arts

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