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»A miracle-cure for any bouts of annoyance and ill temper... A psychedelic ride through a staccato dance of film, music and picture quotes. Projectons consistently offer alternate spaces for theatre-action where 3D movie passages kidnap the party guests into Gerry's sensory delusions. Frog mutants are planning human experiments on Gerry - it’s a wild roller coaster ride.« - Die Deutsche Bühne on “Gras drüber" ("Raising Martha"), Oct. 2018

"The Festival for Ancient Music has dared an impressive experiment: "Dido and Aeneas", the oldest love story of English opera with the music by Henry Purcell, staged in a multimedial fashion by the Cologne director Valerij Lisac fusing music, singing, dance and video installation.” - Rheinische Post on operastaging  “Dido & Aeneas”, Sept. 2017

"Mythology in a modern guise" and "An entertaining contemporary opera evening" - O-Ton editorial on operastaging "Dido & Aeneas", Sept. 2017

"State-of-the-art and really spectacular!" - WDR local time on staged concert "Die Tageszeiten", Sept 2016

"Opulent projections by the video-designer Valerij Lisac... provide entertaining moments with a virtual wink." - magazine "musicals" on "Anna Göldi - The Musical", Oct. 2017

"... most impressive music by Valerij Lisac, that complements the piece perfectly." - O-Ton editorial on "HEIMAT 4.0", March 2018

"An outstanding evening, do not miss it... It works so well because Fürst and the musician and video designer Valerij Lisac created an evening as a long music-track with a steady beat." - KSTA on Jelinek's "Winterreise", Jan. 2015

Vita




Valerij Lisac creates theatrical, installative, performative and cinematic projects.
He also composes music for stage and film, works as musical director, video designer, documentary filmmaker and director.

He participated in a numerous projects with Carlus Padrissa and Valentina Carrasco (La Fura dels Baus), Sebastian Kreyer, Jörg Fürst, Agnieszka Blonska, Gesine Danckwart, Manos Tsangaris; for Trust Dance Theater - Seoul, Les Bancs Publics - Marseille, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, A.Tonal Theater, Schauspiel Cologne, Theater Bonn, Theater im Bauturm, Theater a. d. Ruhr and many others...

His directorial debut - a multimedia staging of Schoenberg's music drama "Pierrot lunaire" for the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2014, was nominated for the Icelandic Music Award 2014 and the Nordic Council Music Prize 2015. Other music-theatrical directorial works such as Telemann's "Tageszeiten" and Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas” followed to a great acclaim.

Valerij Lisac is director, musician and visual artist of Croatian origin. He studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, graduating with honours in 2001 - Masters of Music/Piano (later on, he will complete his studies with a Masters of Education/Music degree in 2005).

His interest in the intersection between music and visual Arts led him to the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, where he was guest-student in the following years. At the same time (2001-2003) he assisted Prof. Dr. Elena Ungeheuer (Contemporary Music and History) at the Academy of Music in Cologne and the Robert Schumann Music Academy in Düsseldorf.
He was also a music-didactic adviser and co-creator of the atomium multimedia - an online portal for school children of the Institute for Communication Research and Phonetics at the University of Bonn.

By 2003, Valerij Lisac is already working as a composer and video artist. First for theatre, modern dance and film, later also as an independent director of music theater and concert stagings.

In 2008, with La Fura dels Baus and Ensemble Musikfabrik, he created live visuals for the staging of Stockhausen's "MICHAELs REISe", whose performances became part of the Wiener Festwochen, the Festival D'Automne à Paris and the Biennale di Venezia.

In 2013 he was Artist-In-Residence of Mullae - Seoul Art Space, in (Seoul) South Korea and designed visuals for dance performances with the Trust Dance Theater (Seoul).

At the invitation of the Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014, Valerij Lisac staged a multimedia performance of the Schoenberg's music drama "Pierrot Lunaire" with the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and the soprano Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir. The directorial debut premiered in May 2014, was broadcast by the Icelandic Radio (RÚV) and subsequently nominated for the Icelandic Music Award 2014 in the category Performance of the Year / Classical Music and the Nordic Council Music Prize 2015.

In the following years he staged concerts (Telemann's “Tageszeiten” and “Le Cinesi”) and Purcell's Opera “Dido and Aeneas” utilising a distinct multimedial and performative concepts to a great acclaim.

In a long-standing partnership with the Ensemble Musikfabrik, Valerij Lisac is also taking care of ensembles online video-publications. This expertise in creating captivating online content informed greatly the subsequent experimental online-media works for A.Tonal.Theater and Creative Europe Programm founded projects with “Dancing on the Edge” Amsterdam and “Les Bancs Public” Marseilles.

Valerij Lisac is a member of the Cologne A.Tonal.Theater - a freelance theater group focused on experimental, multidisciplinary forms of theater between language, movement, music and media. He lives and works in Cologne.

I value the visceral, the fleeting and the enigmatic in the works of art. I search for the subjective and the abstract, the savage and the expressive, the open and multi-layered ... The performativity and intermediality, the temporal and spatial transcendence mean for me: to put music, movement, video, light and scene in an equal, joint float.

Video Gallery

Pierrot lunaire

Musictheatre
Staging | Stage, Lights & Visuals
Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014

BASQUIAT:RE-MIX09

Theatre
Visuals
GLOBALIZE:COLOGNE Festival 2010

Faust

Theatre
Music & Visuals
Theater im Bauturm, 2014

Dido & Aeneas

Musictheatre
Staging | Stage, Lights & Visuals
Festival for Ancient Music Knechtsteden 2017

The Passage

Video Installation
Directing | Music, Camera & Edit
BYOB 2017

Me, Myself & I: Amphitryon

Theatre
Music & Lightinstallation (Video)
Comedia, 2015

Étude Cinétique #3 in3D

3D Videoinstallation
3D Visuals | Camera & Edit
CYCLE Art & Music Festival 2016

Emma

Musicvideo
Directing | Camera & Edit
for Erdmöbel, 2014

more videos:

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Current

FREMD 4.0
Fürst & Ensemble | Theatre: Visuals & VideoBlog | Atonal.Theater Köln/Alte Feuerwache Köln, Premiere: January 2019

GOOD BYE EPOCH! 
El Cuco Projekt/Franken/Barahona | Modern Dance: Music & Sounddesign | Tanzfaktur/Schaubude Berlin, Premiere: November/December 2018

HEIMAT 4.0 
Fürst & Ensemble | Theatre: Live-Music & Visuals | Theater a. d. Ruhr/VolXbühne (Mülheim)/Alte Feuerwache Köln, Premiere: January 2018

TRUDE HERR - oder: Es ist besser, in der Sahara zu verdursten, als in Köln-Lindenthal zu sitzen und auf die Rente zu warten. 
Kreyer & Ensemble | Theatre: Music & Visuals | Theater im Bauturm, Premiere: September 2017
Nominated for Cologne Dance and Theatre Award 2017


Coming up

LA TRAVIATA
Kreyer | Theatre: Musicadaptation & Visuals | Theater im Bauturm, Premiere:  April 2019


Past

GRAS DRÜBER (Raising Martha)
Spicer/Kreyer | Theatre: Music & 3D Visuals | Stadttheater Ingolstadt, Premiere: October 2018 

ZUR SCHÖNEN AUSSICHT 

Horváth/Kreyer | Theatre: Musical direction & Visuals | Theater Bonn, Premiere: April 2018 

DIE MÖGLICHKEIT EINER INSEL 
Houellebecq/Fürst | Theatre: Music, Visuals & VideoBlog | Atonal.Theater Köln/VolXbühne, Theater a.d. Ruhr/alte Feuerwache Köln, Premiere: Februar 2017

DIDO & AENEAS 
Purcell/Lisac | Staging: Stagedesign, Light & Visuals | Festival für Alte Musik Knechtsteden, Premiere: September 2017

ANNA GÖLDI - Das Musical 
Vogelsang/Schneider | Musical: Visuals | Stageworks/Schaffhausen, Premiere: September 2017

DER THEATERMACHER  
Bernhardt/Kreyer | Theatre: Music & Musical direction | Theater Bonn, Premiere: Februar 2017

DIE TAGESZEITEN 
Telemann/Sounders/Lisac | Concertstaging: Light & Visuals | Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden, Premiere: September 2016 



L - do I need Labels to Love

Lamproulis & Un-Label Ensemble | Dance: Visuals | Sommerblut Festival Köln 2016/Greek National Opera Athens, Premiere: Mai 2016

KUNSTCAMP - WUNDERLAND 
Carroll/Sparte 4 Ensemble | Theatre: Music & Musical direction | Theater Bonn, Premiere: March 2016

DER ENTERTAINER 
Osbourne/Kreyer | Theatre: Music & Musical direction | Theater Bonn, Premiere: December 2015

traumA  
Fürst & Ensemble | Theatre: Music, Visuals & VideoBlog | Theater a. d. Ruhr/VolXbühne (Mülheim)/Alte Feuerwache Köln, Premiere: December 2015

WINTERREISE 
Jelinek/Fürst | Theatre: Music & Visuals | A.Tonal Theater, Premiere: January 2015
Nominated for Kurt-Hackenberg Award and Cologne Dance and Theatre Award 2015

PIERROT LUNAIRE 
Schoenberg/Lisac | Inszenierung: Bühne, Licht & Visuals | Reykjavík Arts Festival, Premiere: Juni 2014
Nominated for The Icelandic Music Award 2014 - Performance of the Year / Classical Music and the Nordic Council Music Prize 2015

TABUROPA
Blonska & Ensemble | Theatre: Sounddesign & Visuals | Sommerblut Köln/Brusseles/Lisbon/Warsaw, Premiere: May 2014

WOYZECK
Büchner/Fürst | Theatre: Videoinstallation | Theater im Bauturm, Premiere: September 2014

ME, MYSELF & I: AMPHITRYON
Kleist/Fürst, | Theatre: Music & Visuals | Comedia Köln, 2013

timeGAPS reloaded
Pászthy & Ensemble | Modern Dance: Visuals |Seoul_Art_Space_Mullae, 2013

(SUR)FACES
Pászthy & Ensemble | Modern Dance: Music | Orangerie Köln, 2012

HEUTE ABEND: LOLA BLAU
Fürst | Theatre: Visuals | Cabaret-Theatre Klüngelpütz, 2012

EXIT MUNDI
Kelmann/Fürst | Theatre: Live-Music und Visuals | Studiobühne Köln, 2012

SINGEN MIT KLASSE! Malheur in der Geisterwelt
Kaufmann/Gürzenich- Orchester | Documantary Film: Direction, Camera & Edit | Kölner Philharmonie/KölnMusik, 2012

EAST MEETS WEST
Pászthy & Ensemble | Modern Dance: Music | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, 2012

DIE SONNE AUF DER ZUNGE
Fritsch/Fürst | Theatre: Visuals | Studiobühne Köln, 2011

FAUST
Goethe/Fürst | Theatre: Music & Visuals | Theater im Bauturm, 2011
Cologne Dance and Theatre Award 2011

DIE MÜHEN DER EBENE
Hollerbach/Eicker | Documentary Film: Music | RealFiction 2011

ALL INCLUSIVE - Eine Tourismus-Trilogie
Fürst & Ensemble | Theatre: Music & Visuals, | Comedia Köln, 2010

OHRENKUSS
Hollerbach | Documentary Film: Music | Diakonie Düsseldorf 2010

BASQUIAT:RE-MIX09 - Eine Recherchemaschine
Warhol/Fürst | Theatre: Visuals | GLOMALIZE:COLOGNE Festival, 2009

MANTRA
Soundinstallation | ARTwalk...cologne 2009, GLOBALIE:COLOGNE 2011

MICHAELs REISe
Stockhausen/Padrissa (La Fura Dels Baus) | Theatre: Live Video | Wiener Festwochen, Festival D'Automne à Paris, Biennale di Venezia, 2008

RICHTUNGS WECHSEL
Hollerbach | Documentary Film: Music | Diakonie Düsseldorf 2008

BOTENSTOFFE.ORESTIE
Tsangaris | Theatre: Live-Video | Schauspielhaus Köln, 2007

ETWAS FÜR LANGE ZEIT
Hollerbach | Documentary Film: Music | KHM, 2006
Nominiated for the FIRST STEPS Award 2006

WIEß WEIß WAS DU NICHT WEIßT?
Zambra & Ensemble |  Theatre: Music | Casamax Theater, 2006

WÜNSCHEWALD
Weiland & Ensemble | Theatre: Music | Casamax Theater, 2005
Cologne Children and Youth Theatre Award 2005

FRAU MEIER  DIE AMSEL
Weiland & Ensemble | Theatre: Music | Casamax Theater, 2004
Nominated for the Cologne Children and Youth Theatre Award  2004 

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