Valerie Reding works at the intersection of performance, dance, photography and video and explores the potential of empathy, vulnerability, transformation, camp aesthetic, artificiality and masks in order to question gender roles and norms of sexualities, identities and bodies within the socio-economic framework of our heteronormative, patriarchal and capitalist society. Furthermore, she investigates the implications of the digital world and social media on our self-perception, on interpersonal relationships and on the creation of communities. As her drag stage alter-ego VulVenim and as part of the queer drag collective House of Kumkrete, she embraces her feminist, panromantic and asexual femme-power and creates eclectic queerlesque live performances.
She has been trained in ballet and contemporary dance, 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.
Her works have been shown in galleries such as Commonwealth & Council (LA), FORMA Art Contemporain (Lausanne), LAC (Vevey) and Deep Trash by CUNTemporary (London), she has performed at festivals like zürich moves!, Zürich Tanzt, The Queer Biennial II (LA), La Fête du Slip (Lausanne) and The Porny Days (Zurich) as well as at theaters like Tanzhaus Zürich, Arsenic (Lausanne), TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique (Luxembourg), CounterPulse (San Francisco), the Escher Theater (Luxembourg) and Theater Am Gleis (Winterthur).
As a choreographer, performer and visual artist, Valerie has already collaborated with artists and curators like Marc Streit, Pauline Boudry, Andres Bosshard, Daniel Hellmann, Simone Aughterlony, Martin Zimmermann, Lukas Beyeler, Maya Rochat, Nagi Gianni, Malika Fankha, Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique, Mica Sigourney aka Vivvyanne Forevermore, Ivan Blagajcevic aka Evalyn Eatdith, Ivan Monteiro aka Tropikahl Pussy, Vic Sin, Emile Barret, Alexander Martinz, Talaya Schmid and Viviane Morey.
As a costume designer, she has worked for Daniel Hellmann’s Requiem For A Piece Of Meat, for her solo piece WILD CHILD as well as for Malika Fankha’s new piece Oxy Moron, besides creating the costumes for all her own stage performances and photographic works.