Valentina Lacmanović

VIDEO: FROM ZERO TO ONE (documentation of the performance “FROM ZERO TO ONE” at Mestrovic Pavilion Zagreb 2012)
Concept and performance: Valentina Lacmanović Music: Ranko Šajfar
Duration of the live performance: 40 minutes
Copyrights: Valentina Lacmanović 2012
Performance «From Zero to One» is inspired and modified according to the history of the soil on which it is performed.
The creation was commissioned by HDLU (Association of visual artists of Croatia for the Gallery Bačva (Barrel).
It took the inspiration from the architecture and history of the Meštrović Pavilion in Zagreb (Croatia).
The Pavilion was designed by Ivan Meštrović and built in 1938. It has served several functions in its lifetime. An art museum before World War II, it was converted into a mosque for Bosniaks under the Independent State of Croatia, to again become the Museum of Revolution in post-war Yugoslavia. As of 2006, it goes back to its original purpose – to independently promote (mainly visual) art. Using writings (or other types of signs) that marked the soil during years, a mandala is constructed by the performer. Each culture comes and imposes its rules, its signs and language on the territory. It lasts for a certain period of time, until the next group in power takes over and modifies both – signs and significance. But the previous dominant still stays, melting with what is coming. During the performance, the dancer progressively erases the design by repetitive whirling motion.
Each scripture, symbol and word is charged with energy. Communication through signs – from handwriting/calligraphy to digital encoding (zeroes and ones) creates the canvas of the soil and of the civilization.The body of the performer transforms the differences of the scriptures in order to stress the absolute supremacy of body language.

Valentina LacmanovićValentina Lacmanović is a performance artist.

Studied drama at CNSAD (French National Academy of Dramatic Arts) 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 Université Paris VIII).

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

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.

Nowadays she works and lives between Paris, Zagreb and Amsterdam. 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.

Concept, performance and camera: Valentina Lacmanović
Direction: Valentina Lacmanović and Chris Fawcett
Music: Ranko Šajfar
Copyrights: Valentina Lacmanović 2008
Shedervish Framed is a single shot experimental film. Self- filming is the choice of the author in order to be able to get different perspectives of the movement. The camera becomes the extension of the dancer’s body; the dancer dances WITH the camera versus usual dance-movie approach of dancing FOR the camera. The long duration repetitive whirling invites the observer into the hypnotic vision of the surrounding from the “inside” of the performing field of the dancer.

VIDEO: VORTEX (documentation of the dance solo “Vortex” at Festival de Danses Métisses, Cayenne 2010)
Choreography and dance: Valentina Lacmanović
Music: Arkin Allen
Camera: Philippe Passon
Copyrights: Valentina Lacmanović
Copyrights for music: Arkin Allen
Vortex is inspired by rituals of initiation, by the voyage – from the darkness into the light. Whenever the ritual space is entered, the eyes are closed (and with it the pre-conceived perception of the world) and the heart is open to enter the new existence. In this case the ritual space is replaced by the stage – a space of imagination and artistic creation and the ritual itself- by a free interpretation and choreographic choices.

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