VALERIE REDING

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Biography

Valerie Reding is a transdisciplinary artist and choreographer based in Zurich and Luxembourg, working at the intersection of performance, movement, 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 oppressive power relations that structure our society. Their works question binary gender roles as well as heteronormative concepts 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 drag collective House of Kumkrete together with Ivy Monteiro aka Tropikahl Pussy and Ivan Blagajčević aka Evalyn Eatdith, 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 La Bâtie (Geneva), zürich moves!, Zürich Tanzt, The Queer Biennial II (Los Angeles), La Fête du Slip (Lausanne), The Porny Days (Zurich), Luststreifen Film Festival (Basel) 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, Lhaga Koondhor and Alexander Martinz.

As a costume designer, they regularly works for Daniel Hellmann, Malika Fankha and Martin Bieri, besides creating the costumes for their own performances and photographic works.

 

Their latest stage work m.a.d. 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.

Selection of Performances and Exhibitions

2022:

DOING HER  - the slur edition

long-durational, one-on-one performance

4 March 2022: performance DOING HER - the slur edition at the art space FORDE in Geneva in collaboration with photographer Lukas Beyeler, DJs Esengo and KA-RABA as well as performer Nicolas Dubosson

HVNGRY for more

photographic series

3 February - 4 April 2022: exhibition of HVNGRY for more at the art space FORDE in Geneva

26 June - 2 July 2022: exhibition of HVNGRY for more within the group exhibition ICON.X at Atelier d’En Face in Lausanne, curated by Etienne Germain, within the program of La Pride de Nuit

29 July - 3 September 2022: exhibition of HVNGRY for more within the festival La Dérivée in Yverdon-les-Bains and in collaboration with CACY Centre Art Contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains, curated by Rolando Bassetti

WET DREAMZ forever

a queer, sex-positive party

23 April 2022: in collaboration with the festival zürich moves! x forever imbricated initiated by Simone Aughterlony and Marc Streit, at Rote Fabrik in Zurich

HVNGRY

photographic series

3 - 6 March 2022: exhibition of HVNGRY at TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois in Luxembourg

HOW TO HOST A GHOST

performance

17 - 14 January 2022: performance within the project HOW TO HOST A GHOST at the Luxembourgish Pavilion at WORLD EXPO DUBAI 2020 under the direction of choreographers Simone Mousset and Renelde Pierlot and in collaboration with artists Malika Fankha, Catherine Elsen, Tara Fatehi, Anna Khlyostkina and Alicja (Alka) Naumann

2021:

m.a.d. - about you

online video performance in collaboration with Nora Smith and Ivy Monteiro

3 February 2021: 8 online video performances of m.a.d.- about you within the 3 du TROIS organized by TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU)

30 May 2021: 6 online video performances of m.a.d.- about you within the ZÜRICH TANZT 2021 festival in Zurich (CH)

VulVenim

10 | 11 September 2021: live dance and drag performance within Zurich By Night at La Bâtie festival in Geneva (CH) together with Marc Streit, Titilayo Adebayo, Edwin Ramirez, DJ O-H and Mattia Dagani Rio

9 December 2021: performance within the project Forever Imbricated at Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (FR), curated by Simone Aughterlony and Marc Streit

DOING HER  - the slur edition - Only Witches and Vampires

long-durational, one-on-one performance

26 August 2021: performance DOING HER - the slur edition at Kulturfolger in Zurich (CH) in collaboration with Ivy Monteiro, Tracy September and Nicolas Dubosson

KUK Live: Valerie Reding X Melting Pol

live video performance

3 March 2021: performance for KUK Live Session 6 - Valerie Reding X Melting Pol live on KulturKanal Lëtzebuerg at 1535° Creative Hub Differdange (LU), in collaboration with Paul Schumacher, Jill Crovisier, Aamar, Twin Xxa and Ivy Monteiro

HVNGRY for more

photographic series

3 July - 20 August 2021: exhibition of HVNGRY for more at TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois in Luxembourg - postponed COVID-19

26 August - 5 September 2021: exhibition of HVNGRY for more at Kulturfolger in Zurich

24 September - 3 October 2021: exhibition of HVNGRY for more at Warteck in Basel within the exhibition Lust*Art by Luststreifen Film Festival

WET DREAMZ 

a queer, sex-positive party

16 October 2021: in collaboration with the collective Oil Productions and the project Camp Fires by Simon W. Marin and Violeta Mansilla at Rote Fabrik in Zurich

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

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, performances and workshops within GENEVA PRIDE in Geneva (CH) - cancelled COVID-19

11 - 13 September 2020: exhibition at Shedhalle and performances and workshops 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

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)

no title

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)

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

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 exhibitions, performances and workshops 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

DOING HER

performance, video and photo series exhibited at the PHOTO18 Werkschau in Zurich

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 

performance, video and photo series exhibited 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

Metamorphosis

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

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

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

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 

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