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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, song, dance and video installation” - Rheinische Post on the opera production "Dido & Aeneas", Sept. 2017

"Mythology in a modern guise" and "An entertaining contemporary opera evening" - says O-Ton editorial staff about the opera production "Dido & Aeneas", Sept. 2017

"State-of-the-art and really spectacular!" - WDR local time on  the concert production "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 editor 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


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. He graduated 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 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. "


Pierrot lunaire

Staging | Stage, Lights & Visuals 
Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014




Music & Visuals
Theater im Bauturm, 2014

Dido & Aeneas

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

The Passage

Video Installation
Directing | Music, Camera & Edit 
BYOB 2017

Me, Myself & I: Amphitryon

Music & Lightinstallation (Video)
Comedia, 2015

Étude Cinétique #3 in3D

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


Directing | Camera & Edit
for Erdmöbel, 2014

mehr videos:




Horváth/Kreyer | Theater: Musikalische Leitung & Visuals | Theater Bonn, April 2018

Fürst und Ensemble | Theater: Live-Musik & Visuals | Theater a. d. Ruhr/VolXbühne (Mülheim)/Alte Feuerwache Köln, Januar 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 und Ensemble | Theater: Musik & Visuals | Theater im Bauturm, September 2017 - Nominiert für den Kölner Tanz- und Theater-Preis 2017

Houellebecq/Fürst | Theater: Musikkomposition, Visuals & VideoBlog | A.Tonal Theater Köln/Theater a. d. Ruhr/VolXbühne, Januar 2016 

Coming up

Telemann/Lisac | Konzertinszenierung: Bühne, Licht & Visuals | Festival für Alte Musik Knechtsteden, September 2018

GRAS DRÜBER (Raising Martha)
Spicer/Kreyer | Theater: Musik & Visuals | Stadttheater Ingolstadt, Oktober 2018

El Cuco Projekt/Franken/Barahona | Tanz: Musik & Sounddesign | Tanzfaktur/Schaubude Berlin, November 2018


Purcell/Lisac | Inszenierung: Bühne, Licht & Visuals | Festival für Alte Musik Knechtsteden, September 2017

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

Bernhardt/Kreyer | Theater: Musik & Musikalische Leitung | Theater Bonn, Februar 2017

Telemann/Sounders/Lisac | Konzertinszenierung: Licht & Visuals | Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden, September 2016

L - do I need Labels to Love

Lamproulis und Un-Label Ensemble | Tanz: Visuals | Sommerblut Festival Köln 2016/Greek National Opera Athens, Mai 2016

Carroll/Sparte 4 Ensemble | Theater: Musik & Musikalische Leitung | Theater Bonn, März 2016

Osbourne/Kreyer | Theater: Musik & Musikalische Leitung | Theater Bonn, Dezember 2015

Fürst und Ensemble | Theater: Musikkomposition, Visuals & VideoBlog | Theater a. d. Ruhr/VolXbühne (Mülheim)/Alte Feuerwache Köln, Dezember 2015

Jelinek/Fürst | Theater: Musikkomposition & Visuals | A.Tonal Theater, Januar 2015 - Nominiert für den Kurt-Hackenberg Preis und Kölner Tanz- und Theater-Preis 2015

Schoenberg/Lisac | Inszenierung: Bühne, Licht & Visuals | Reykjavík Arts Festival, Juni 2014 - Nominiert für den Icelandic Music Award 2014 - Aufführung des Jahres / Klassik und das Nordic Council Music Prize 2015

Blonska und Ensemble | Theater: Sounddesign & Visuals | Sommerblut Köln/Brusseles/Lisbon/Warsaw, 2014

Büchner/Fürst | Theater: Videoinstallation | Theater im Bauturm

Kleist/Fürst, | Theater: Musikkomposition & Visuals | Comedia Köln, 2013

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Pászthy und Ensemble | Tanz: Visuals |Seoul_Art_Space_Mullae, 2013

Pászthy und Ensemble | Tanz: Musikkomposition | Orangerie Köln, 2012

Fürst | Theater: Visuals | Cabaret-Theatre Klüngelpütz, 2012

Kelmann/Fürst | Theater: Live-Musik und Visuals | Studiobühne Köln, 2012

SINGEN MIT KLASSE! Malheur in der Geisterwelt
Kaufmann/Gürzenich- Orchester | Dokumentarfilm: Regie, Kamera & Schnitt | Kölner Philharmonie/KölnMusik, 2012

Pászthy und Ensemble | Theater: Musikkomposition | Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, 2012

Fritsch/Fürst | Theater: Visuals | Studiobühne Köln, 2011

Goethe/Fürst | Theater: Musikkomposition & Visuals | Theater im Bauturm, 2011 - Gewinner des Kölner Tanz- und Theater-Preises 2011

Hollerbach/Eicker | Dokumentarfilm: Musikkomposition | RealFiction 2011

ALL INCLUSIVE - Eine Tourismus-Trilogie
Fürst und Ensemble | Theater: Theater: Musikkomposition & Visuals, | Comedia Köln, 2010

Hollerbach | Dokumentarfilm: Musikkomposition | Diakonie Düsseldorf 2010

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

Klanginstallation | ARTwalk...cologne 2009, GLOBALIE:COLOGNE 2011

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

Hollerbach | Dokumentarfilm: Musikkomposition | Diakonie Düsseldorf 2008

Tsangaris, | Theater: Live-Video | Schauspielhaus Köln, 2007

Hollerbach | Dokumentarfilm: Musikkomposition | KHM, 2006 - Nominiert für den FIRST STEPS Award 2006

Zambra und Ensemble |  Theater: Musikkomposition | Casamax Theater, 2006

Weiland und Ensemble | Theater: Musikkomposition | Casamax Theater, 2005 - Gewinner des Kölner Kinder- und Jugendtheaterpreises 2005

Weiland und Ensemble | Theater: Musikkomposition | Casamax Theater, 2004 - Nominiert für den Kölner Kinder- und Jugendtheaterpreis 2004 





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