International Guest Artists Vera Sofia Mota
May,18 Saturday | 12:00 - 19:00 | 750 TL (Registration and payment are needed by May 1, 2019. Please contact: for details.) 

This workshop is open to anyone interested in performance art, dance, exploration of the movement, new experiences and creativity.
During advancing hours of the workshop, personalised instructions shall be given to each student, without breaking the group dynamics.A theoretical input and feedback will be shared during the lunch break

SPIRAAL IS AN ORIGINAL, CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO SPIRALING AND WHIRLING MOVEMENT, developed by Valentina Lacmanović, based on art and science research and practice.
The workshop's is focus is on spiral as a dialectic between repetition and change on different levels and sustained whirling as an instrument for shift in consciousness and tapping into a creative potential.
We shall approach the body in the context of contemporary performance - as the embodiment of the tension between transcendence and immanence.
Spiraal, as a sustained whirling movement, also stabilises the motion of the perilymph in the inner ear. The vestibular area in the inner ear (coincidently in the shape of a spiral?) is the center for balance and equilibrium. This practice improves balance, focus and perception as well as the overall regulation of metabolism.

Valentina Lacmanovic:
Valentina is a performer and creator of video and photo performance and interdisciplinary collaborative projects.Her artwork is based on scientific and anthropological research into ritual, trance-like states and repetition.She is fluent in five languages, possesses a Master degree in Philosophy/Aesthetic from the University Paris VIII and has studied drama at the prestigious French National Academy of Dramatic Arts (CNSAD) in Paris.
She is a member of HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists) Since 2018 Valentina is coaching research and personal projects at ACAPA (Academy of Circus and Performance Art, Tilburg (NL)).
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 recognisable, 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 and filmmakers.
Nowadays she lives between Amsterdam and Paris. 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 on convergences and divergences between contemporary visions of performance and enacting of rituals.