VALERIE REDING

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Biography

Valerie Reding is an transdisciplinary artist based in Zurich and Luxembourg, working at the intersection of performance, dance, photography, video, installation, drag and event production. Using strategies of collage and remixing, their practice is fragmentary and eclectic. Bodies being at the heart of their work, they explore the potential of togetherness, intimacy, shared vulnerability, transformation and camp to reconfigure the power relations that structure our society. Their works question binary gender roles as well as norms of sexualities, identities and bodies and explore the effects of the omnipresence of digitality and social media on self-perception, interpersonal relationships and community building. As their drag alter-ego VulVenim of the collective House of Kumkrete, they create thought-provoking queerlesque live performances.

 

They have been trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance, studied architecture at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of technology in Zurich) and received a BA in Media Arts at the ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts) as well as at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna working with Pauline Boudry, Andres Bosshard and Peter Kozek.

 

Supported by Réseau Grand Luxe, their works have been shown in galleries such as Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), Last Tango (Zurich), FORMA Art Contemporain (Lausanne), LAC (Vevey) and Deep Trash by CUNTemporary (London), they have performed at festivals like zürich moves!, ZÜRICH TANZT, The Queer Biennial II (Los Angeles), La Fête du Slip (Lausanne), The Porny Days (Zurich) and the Queer Little Lies festival (Luxembourg) as well as at theaters like Tanzhaus Zürich, Dampfzentrale (Berne), Arsenic (Lausanne), Théâtre St. Gervais (Geneva), Counterpulse (San Francisco), Escher Theater (Luxembourg) and TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois.

As a choreographer, performer and visual artist, they have collaborated with artists and curators like Marc Streit, Simone Aughterlony, Martin Zimmermann, Lukas Beyeler, Maya Rochat, Thomas Giger, Rafal Pierzyński, Nagi Gianni, Oil Productions, Monique Jenkinson, Mica Sigourney, Ivy Monteiro, Emile Barret and Alexander Martinz.

As a costume designer, they have worked for Daniel Hellmann’s Requiem For A Piece Of Meat, for Malika Fankha’s piece Oxy Moron, besides creating the costumes for their own performances and photographic works.

 

Their latest stage work m.a.d. has premiered on the 3rd of November 2020 at Tanzhaus Zürich. It explores the collective body of four performers and their deviation from the norm. Together they venture a shared vulnerability and, strengthened by this newfound unity, they set out to disrupt the vicious cycle of discrimination, hatred and violence. Through choreography and sound the four protagonists attempt to transform the martial meaning of m.a.d. ("mutually assured destruction") into “mutually affirmed deviance” – into a daring "yes!" in celebration of the body and of their common breakout from its alienating socializations.

Performances

2020:

m.a.d. - mutually affirmed deviance

piece by Valerie Reding with Bastien Hippocrate, Ivy Monteiro and Rafał Pierzyński in co-production with Tanzhaus Zürich

3 February 2020: showing at TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU)

15 February 2020: showing at Dampfzentrale in Bern (CH)

18 April 2020: showing at Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Lausanne (CH) - cancelled COVID-19

5 | 7 | 8 | 10 | 11 May 2020: shows at Tanzhaus Zürich (CH) - postponed COVID-19

14 May 2020: presentation at Abri in Geneva (CH) Réseau Grand Luxe - cancelled COVID-19

4 September 2020: showing at Tanzhaus Zürich (CH)

3 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 November 2020: premiere and 4 shows at Tanzhaus Zürich (CH)

13 November 2020: show at Escher Theater (LU) within the festival Queer Little Lies

HVNGRY

creative direction, concept, photography and performance for this transdisciplinary project combining a photo series with performances and workshops

29 | 30 May 2020: performances, workshops and exhibition within SPIELACT festival in Geneva (CH) - postponed COVID-19

27 June - 5 July 2020: exhibition within GENEVA PRIDE in Geneva (CH) - cancelled COVID-19

11 - 13 September 2020: performances and workshops within LILA festival by Milchjugend at Rote Fabrik in Zurich (CH)

why don't you do right

long-durational, one-on-one performance

20 February 2020: performance within SPIELACT festival X Villa Moyard at Morges (CH)

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video dance performance with music by Tyler Holmes

3 July 2020: video shown within 3 du TROIS - online at the TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU)

House Of Kumkrete

collaboration with Evalyn Eatdith (Ivan Blagajcevic) and Tropikahl Pussy (Ivy Monteiro)

16 May 2020: workshops and mini-ball at Helferei in Zurich within ZÜRICH TANZT festival (CH) - cancelled COVID-19

6 June 2020: workshops and mini-ball at Münsterhof in Zurich within Festspiele Zürich festival (CH) - cancelled COVID-19

Oxy Moron 

costume, stage and make-up design for the piece Oxy Moron by Malika Fankha in co-production with Tanzhaus Zürich and brut in Vienna

9 | 11 | 10 March 2020: shows at brut in Vienna (AT)

2019:

Oxy Moron 

costume, stage and make-up design for the piece by Malika Fankha in co-production with Tanzhaus Zürich and brut in Vienna

House Of Kumkrete

mini-ball and workshops within the ZÜRICH TANZT festival

why don't you do right

long-durational, one-on-one performance (3h30min) that was shown at the zürich moves! festival at Last Tango, at Miller's in Zurich as well as at Théâtre Saint-Gervais in Geneva within the festival Les Créatives

HVNGRY

creative direction, concept, photography and performance for this transdisciplinary project combining a photo series with performances and workshops that was shown at La Datcha in Lausanne as well as at Alpagai in Sion

Anonym Plant - The Ghost of Macunaima

make-up and costume design for the long-durational interactive performance by Emilia Giudicelli

VulVenim

performance at Fierce Motrice at Le Rez in Geneva

DOING HER - the slur edition  

performed at La Datcha in Lausanne

2018:

WILD CHILD 

solo piece (50min) created within the platform „SHOW OFF“ at Tanzhaus Zürich; shows at La Bellone in Brussels (in cooperation with Tanzhaus Zürich, Grand Studio and Pro Helvetia), at Arsenic in Lausanne within the festival „La Fête Du Slip“, at TROIS C-L in Luxembourg, at the inaugural CounterPulse Festival in San Francisco and at the Escher Theater in Luxembourg within the Queer Little Lies Festival

House of Kumkrete  

drag shows and party (KUMKRETE), produced and performed at the Superball in Amsterdam, at the Klaus Club in Zurich and at the festival Porny Days in Zurich 

 

DOING HER - the slur edition  

performed at Le Cabanon in Lausanne

VulVenim

performances at Klaus Club in Zurich, at La Cage aux Folles and at Femme Fatale amongst others

 2017:

 

DOIN G HER - the fetish edition 

performed at the festival „Porny Days“ in Zurich

WILD CHILD 

short piece performed at Theater am Gleis within the festival „Tanzfestival Winterthur“ and at Tanzhaus Zürich within the short piece platform SHOW-OFF

 

DOING HER - like Hermann Haller 

performed within the group exhibition „Bewegte Körper“ at Atelier Hermann Haller in Zurich 

VulVenim

performances at Cabaret Voltaire, at KUNT at Exil in Zurich and at Genevegas at Motel Campo in Geneva

Requiem For A Piece Of Meat

costume design for the piece of Daniel Hellmann

2016:

SMILE! 

performed during „Friday Island - Play(ing)“ in Luxembourg and at the LAC Galerie within the festival „Images Vevey 2016“ in Vevey 

 

B.O.M.B.E.D. - Bursting Our Memories By Enchanting Desires 

performed at the “Queer Biennial II: Yooth - Loss & Found” in the Industry Gallery in Los Angeles

Know Thyself ... but not too much 

performed at Tanzhaus Zürich within the festival “zürich moves!”

An-Other Moulting

performed during “F?!” curated by Marc Streit and Young Chung at Commonwealth & Council in LA and at the gallery FORMA Art Contemporain in Lausanne within the festival “La Fête Du Slip”

House Of Xanax 

performed at the vernissage of the exhibition “Trouble” at the gallery FORMA Art Contemporain in Lausanne within the festival “La Fête Du Slip” in collaboration with Lukas Beyeler and Ivan Blagajcevic

VulVenim

performance at KUNT at Exil in Zurich

2015:

Respire

performed at “Showroom Z+ gender (ver)handeln” at the Zurich University of the Arts 

 

Malleus Maleficarum

performed at the studio Gessnerallee in Zurich 

Exhibitions

2020:

HVNGRY

creative direction, concept, photography and performance for this transdisciplinary project combining a photo series with performances and workshops

3 February - 25 August 2020: exhibition at TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU)

29 | 30 May 2020: exhibition, performances and workshops within SPIELACT festival in Geneva (CH) - postponed COVID-19

27 June - 5 July 2020: exhibition at Geneva Pride (CH) - cancelled COVID-19

11- 13 September 2020: exhibition at Shedhalle within LILA festival by Milchjugend at Rote Fabrik in Zurich (CH)

12 - 20 November 2020: exhibition at Escher Theater (LU) within the festival Queer Little Lies

la vie d'après

concept and photography for a photo series, a DIY facial mask as well as for the cover image of Magazine 360

June 2020: publication of la vie d'après in Magazine 360

2019:

HVNGRY

photo series exhibited at La Datcha in Lausanne and at Alpagai in Sion

2018:

 

DOING HER

video and photo series exhibited at the „PHOTO18 Werkschau“ in Zurich and at Atelier Hermann Haller in Zurich

2017:

 

Metamorphosis

long-durational video exhibited within „3 du TROIS“ at the TROIS C-L in Luxembourg

2016:

 

Odher Portraits 

photo series exhibited within „Deep Trash from Outer Space“ in London and at the LAC Galerie within the festival „Images Vevey 2016“ in Vevey

Metamorphosis (Trailer) 

shown by the collective “Videotage” at the Art Basel Hong Kong

petite mort 

exhibited within the exhibition “Trouble” at the gallery FORMA Art Contemporain in Lausanne within the festival “La Fête Du Slip”

2014:

 

Human Intersexions 

photo series shown at International art festival „BorderLand - Hidden Identities & Forbidden Desires“ in Zaragoza and at the group exhibition “BorderBody” in Breslau at the gallery “MD_S” (Miejsce Dla Sztuki)

2013:

 

Human Intersexions & Metamorphosis

solo exhibition „One Night Only“ in Zurich

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