Valentina is a performer and creator of video and photo performance and interdisciplinary collaborative projects.
Her artwork is based on scientific and anthropological research into ritual, trance-like states and repetition.
She is fluent in five languages, possesses a Master degree in Philosophy/Aesthetic from the Univesrity Paris VIII and has studied drama at the pretigious French National Academy of Dramatic Arts (CNSAD) in Paris.
She is a member of HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists)
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 dance and video-art performance and an experimental video artwork that settled the base for her recognizable, unique signature.
Since 2008 she has been creating performances and projects for both white cube and black box spaces in collaboration with musicians, steadicam expert, video-artists, sound-artists, filmmakers, dancers, and in dialogue with experts in anthropology, ethnology, and psychoanalysis.
Her performances and video art have been presented in museums, galleries, festivals and extraordinary locations (see CURRICULUM).
Nowadays she lives between Amsterdam, Paris and Zagreb. Her main focus is the creation of contemporary art of immersion through interdisciplinary projects, mainly performances and video artworks inspired by philosophical reflection on ritual practices and transformative performance acts. She continues her research (“From Trance to Performance”) on convergences and divergences between contemporary visions of performance and enacting of rituals.
EXHIBITIONS and SCREENINGS
SOLAR RING triptych video art screening Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival
CATCH video art screening Festival de Cine Independiente de Sogamoso
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
SHEDERVISH FRAMED video installation at 7.5 art space, group exhibition, Paris
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
ORACLES performance, commissioned by Leseptcinq art space, Paris
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
SPIRAAL, performance at art-space “7.5 club” Paris
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
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)
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)
REVIEWS and publications (recent)
Super Sensor e-Magazine http://super-sensor.org/valentina-lacmanovic/
Interview@ Clam Mag
Interview @Kontura Art magazin
– “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 (CR)
– “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 (CR)
-“Performance of the Croatian dancer Valentina Lacmanovic, a very sensual and unusual version of the whirling dance at its best” VOLKSKRANT (NL)
– “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, (NL)