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"I value the visceral, the fleeting and the enigmatic in the works of art. I am looking for the subjective and the abstract, the savage and the expressive, the open and multi-layered. I am interedted in the performativity and intermediality, the temporal and spatial transcendence, crosspoints and negotiations between analog and digital worlds. Music, movement, video, light and scene: suspended, floating..."


"Video, sound design and costumes by Valerij Lisac are a feast for the eyes" - Westfälisches Volksblatt on "The Shipwreck of the Frigate Medusa" at Theatre Paderborn, January 2024

"The abundance of images and  sound (Valerij Lisac), that the historical resonance space creates " - Kölnische Rundschau on “MARIANA PINEDA” at Cologne Opera, October 2023

"Valerij Lisac [...] succeeds in creating an authentic atmosphere and controlling the musical drama, which contributes decisively to the success of a fantastic evening." - O-Ton  on “MARIANA PINEDA” at Cologne Opera , October. 2023

[...] the realization is almost tangible, audible: music works forcibly as a form of remembrance. But director Valerij Lisac and set designer Lena Thelen go even further. The music [...] also plays in the present. The seniors open up to modernity, which the Asasello Quartet brings to them." - Kölnische Rundschau on "Unerarthing Melodies” at Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, May 2022

"An important evening that brings historical and poetic depth to media facts" and "It is impressive how an educational gap is closed here with historical documents." - taz on "Revolution Lets Its Children Starve” at Schauspiel Köln, November 2022

"An impressive experiment" and ""Dido and Aeneas", the oldest love story in English opera with music by Henry Purcell, was staged by Cologne director Valerij Lisac with a new multimedial kind of fusion of music, song, dance and video installation." - Rheinische Post on "Dido & Aeneas", Sept. 2017

"A refreshingly young and new format on an age-old theme - love. The cleverly arranged sequence of works [...] sheds such a universal light on the subject that the evening exuded a pleasantly human atmosphere, without even a hint of patina or the cult of genius." - O-Ton on "LOVESONGS", Sept. 2019

"[...] a wonderful graphic novel projections create layers of action that cleverly illustrate and drive the story forward." - KSTA on "The One Next Door", Jan. 2022

"Ultra-modern and truly spectacular!" - WDR Lokalzeit on "Die Tageszeiten", Sept 2016

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

"A miracle cure for any bouts of grumpiness and ill-temper [...]  a psychedelic ride through a staccato-like round dance of film, music and image quotations." - Die Deutsche Bühne on "Gras drüber (Raising Martha)", Oct. 2018

"... 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

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

Video Gallery

The Shipwreck of the Frigate Medusa

Music, Costumes & Videodesign Theatre Paderborn, 2024


Opera Cologne, 2023

Unearthing Melodies

A Concert Installation
Concept and Staging
Festival Acht Brücken | Music for Cologne 2022


Staging, Lights & Videodesign
Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014

Not The End of the World

Musiccomposition & Videodesign
Theater Paderborn, 2023

The Revolution Lets Its Children Starve

Schauspiel Köln with Futur3, 2022

Being Ludwig van

3-Part Virtual-Reality-Series
Screenplay & Directing | Camera, Edit and Sounddesign
ZAMUS/Festival of Ancient Music Knechtsteden, 2020

Die Tageszeiten

Staged Concert
Concept, Staging & Videodesign
Festival of Ancient Music Knechtsteden 2017

Opera from the Goosmarket

Staged Concert
Staging, Lights & Videodesign
Festival of Ancient Music Knechtsteden 2020


Modern Dance
Music & Sounddesign
Barnes Crossing Köln 2021


Modern Dance
Music & Sounddesign
Barnes Crossing Cologne, 2020


Staged Concert
Concept, Staging & Videodesign
Festival of Ancient Music Knechtsteden 2019

The Government Inspector

Music & Videodesign | Camera & Edit
Stadttheater Ingolstadt, 2019



The Belle Vue (Zur schönen Aussicht)

Videodesign | Camera & Edit
Theatre Bonn, 2018

The Sun on the Tongue

Videodesign | Camera & Edit
Studiobühne Cologne, 2011

Muenchhausen’s Flight

Filmprojection from “The Goverment Inspector”
Videodesign & Direction
Stadttheater Ingolstadt, 2019

Étude Cinétique #3 in3D

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

The Passage

Video Installation
Directing | Music, Camera & Edit
BYOB 2017

My, myself & I: Amphitryon

Musiccomposition & Videodesign
Comedia Köln, 2014

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Valerij Lisac is an artist, filmmaker, musician, and stage director who stands out for his exceptional, versatile, and eclectic body of work. His interests lie in hybrid, intermedial, and performative art forms. Lisac's artistic work encompasses a wide range of media and genres, including film, music, sound and video installations, concert and music theater productions, as well as inclusive and participatory forms.

His directorial debut - an intermedial staging of Schönberg's "Pierrot lunaire" in the form of a concert installation - premiered at the Reykjavík Arts Festival and was nominated for the Icelandic Music Award 2014 and the Nordic Council Music Prize 2015. He regularly directs at the Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden (Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", Telemann's "Tageszeiten", "Being Ludwig van", etc.) and the Festival Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln ("Unearthing Melodies", "Repeat Play! VR", Beckett's "Word and Music").

As a composer, video, sound, and costume designer, he works in various performative, theatrical, and music-theatrical contexts, including at the Theater Bonn, Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg, Schauspiel Köln, Oper Köln, Theater Paderborn, Theater an der Ruhr, Stadttheater Ingolstadt, Theater im Bauturm (Cologne), with Carlos Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus), Valentina Carrasco, Friederike Blum, Sebastian Kreyer, Gesine Danckwart, the collectives Futur3, El Cuco Projekt, A.Tonal Theater, IP-Tanz, Trust Dance Theatre (Seoul), the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, the E-MEX Ensemble, the Asasello Quartet, the Ensemble Musikfabrik, and many others.

Valerij Lisac lives and works in Cologne.





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