VICTORIA HALPER

DIRECTOR | ACTOR | VIDEO & MEDIA ARTIST | PRODUCER

Now or soon:

November

3rd-6th/"HEROSTRAT<STAGE> von Jean-Paul Sartre at WERK X-Petersplatz Vienna (Austria)

 

>critique derstandard.at: "An exciting oscillation, in which Victoria Halper keeps the reins in her hands with her strong voice and decisive hand grips." -Margarete Affenzeller

 

>critique Aurora Magazin: "Victoria Halper skillfully understands how to portray Paul Hilbert's mental confusion and disturbed personality. She turns out to be a master of transformation [...] Halper's voice, her entire posture are convincing evidence of the protagonist's inclination to murder." -Irina Wolf

 

>kritik neuewiener.at: "Die als Stück inszenierte Erzählung von Sartre hat auch heute noch gesellschaftliche Relevanz, besonders auch in Anbetracht dessen, dass die Premiere beinahe zeitgleich zum Gedenktag des Anschlages in Wien stattgefunden hat. Auch weltweit gesehen leiden Menschen immer noch unter der Ausgeburt patriarchaler Gewalt, die sich in Gewaltverbrechen, Femiziden oder Kriegen äußert. Kai Krösches Inszenierung und Victoria Halpers Spiel nehmen diese Problematik auf scharfsinnige Weise auf und bringen sie in kompakter Form auf die Bühne." -Victoria Mayrleb

 

Avaiable online until 2031

anytime/"404-TOTLINK" <INTERNET> a hyperlink installation available in german online (World)

 

Preproduction 

Winter '22/"Alt<STAGE> A robot musical by Nora Winkler & Simon Windisch (Graz, Austria)

Spring '22/"Ausgang: Offen" <FILMa first-person film by DARUM about death (WUK, Austria)

Spring '22/"T.B.A." <PERFORMANCE> immersive project DARUM (Germany)

Spring '22/"Floating Flies" <FILM> an experimental film by Victoria Halper (Austria)

Autumn '22/"Heimweh<PERFORMANCEa performative installation over night by DARUM (Vienna, Austria)

 

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About me:

Born 1988 in Toronto.

Canadian/Austrian Transnational.

Studied Acting and Directing at the University of Toronto.

Received her Honours BA with Distinction and got on plane emigrating to Vienna in 2010.

 

Assisted directors at Volkstheater Wien, Schauspielhaus Graz, Raimundspiele Gutenstein and Landestheater Niederösterreich (Ingo Berk, Sabine Derflinger, Rupert Henning, Sandy Lopičić, Enrico Lübbe, Alia Luque, Hakan Savaş Mican, Simon Windisch, Sarantos Zervoulakos...)

Worked part-time as a video editor for video2brain/LinkedIn.

 

Started directing, acting in, editing and producing theatre and films while living in Linz, Austria (2013-2016). Productions included the Austrian Premieres of "East of Berlin" by Hannah Moscovitch & "Bitch Boxer" by Charlotte Josephine and her debut mid-length feature film "Kommissar Taler", which won Best Ensemble at the Upper Austria in Film Festival. Victoria was award the Cultural Medal from the city of Traun for her work in the region.

 

Moved back to Vienna in 2016.

Kick-start with the Newcomer Scholarship for Performing Arts from the Austrian Federal Chancellery 2018.

Experimentation with new forms, styles and technology: Essay performances ("Dad Left"), Contemporary circus ("Lustvoll" and "Debris"), immersive theatre, performative installations, video art, experimental film, web art and playful forms of gamified theatre in public spaces (Play:Vienna).

 

Along with director Kai Krösche and dramaturg Laura Andreß, Victoria creates interdisciplinary and experimental art under the label of DARUM. The FALTER newspaper's Top 10 of 2018, the immersive performative installation "Uninvited Guests" and the hybrid documentary film "Exit: Open" were each nominated for the NESTROY in 2019 and 2020. In 2021 the Impulse Theater Festival in Cologne, Germany featured DARUMs web-based hyperlink installation "404-TOTLINK" - this project is available online for the next 10 years (at least).

 

As film editor and producer, her work has been invited to various film festivals around the globe. "Exit: Open" premiered at the Hof International Film Festival in Germany. "Kommissar Taler" celebrated its International Premiere in Rome, Italy. The short film "Gegenschein" which, she also stars in, will be premiered at the 39th Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival and was/will be screened at the Five Lakes Film Festival Bavaria, Festival of Nations Upper Austria, Filmets Badalona Spain and Minikino Bali Indonesia.

 

She is currently working on her debut experimental film "Floating Flies" and is researching for DARUM's next big project "Homesick".

 

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Artistic Work (most recent):

2022 (upcoming)

"T.B.A.<PERFORMANCE> a site-specific performative installation overnight in Leipzig

Directing | Videos | Research

 

A DARUM and Schauspiel Leipzig production

 

"Heimweh<PERFORMANCE> a performative installation overnight, engl. title "Homesick"

Directing | Videos | Performance | Research

A DARUM and WUK performing arts coproduction

 

"Floating Flies<FILM> an experimental film (Pre-Production)

Directing | Performance | Text | Editing | Producing

A DARUM production

 

2021

"Herostrat" by Jean-Paul Sartre <STAGEDirected by Kai Krösche

Acting

In cooperation with WERK X-Petersplatz

 

"404-TOTLINK<INTERNETweb-based hyperlink installation

Artistic direction | Text | Videos | Programming | Research | Graphics | Producing

A DARUM and Impulse Theater Festival coproduction

 

2020

"Ausgang: Offen" / "Exit: Open" <FILM> performative installation turned experimental documentary film

Directing | Performance | Editing & Colour Correction | Research | Text | Producing

Feature length film, 98 Minutes, 4K 50fps, AT.

A DARUM and WUK performing arts coproduction

* NESTROY Nomination 2020 for the Special Corona Award (Austria)

* World Premiere at the 54th Hof International Film Festival (Germany)

* Official Selection at the 15th Five Lakes Film Festival (Germany)

+ Official Selection "Frame Extended" at the 26th Split Film Festival (Croatia)

 

"Gegenscheinby James Stanson <FILMDirected by Kai Krösche & Kolja Burgschuld 

Acting | Editing & Colour Correction | Producing

Short Film, 15 Minutes, Drama, 4K, AT.

* World Premiere at the 15th Five Lakes Film Festival (Germany)

* Official Selection at Festival of Nations (Lenzing, Austria), Minikino Filmweek (Bali, Indonesia), Filmets (Badalona, Spain)

 

"Ungebetene Gäste: Was Bleibt?<STAGERemount+Revision / engl. Title: "Uninvited Guests: What's Left?"

Artistic direction | Text | Performance | Videos | Research | Producing

A lecture performance by DARUM in cooperation with WERK X-Petersplatz, Premiered October 16th

 

"Alt. Ein Robotermusicial" by bum bum pieces <STAGEDirected by: Simon Windisch

Acting

A play with live music. Premiered January 12th at the WUK Projektraum

Invited to the 2021 SHÄXPIR Festival in Linz, Upper Austria.

 

"Die Sieder von Süd-Wien<INTERNET/PERFORMANCEplayful city performance with and for citizens in 3 Viennese neighbourhoods

Artistic contribution | Research 

A coproduction by Play:Vienna and Werk X, funded by SHIFT III

 

2019

"Ungebetene Gäste" and "Ungebetene Gäste: Was Bleibt?", <PERFORMANCE/STAGEperformative installation and lecture performance / engl. titles "Uninvited Guests" and "Uninvited Guests: What's Left?"

Artistic direction | Text | Performance | Videos | Research | Producing

A search for clues and lecture performance by DARUM in cooperation with WERK-X Petersplatz

* NESTROY Nomination 2019 for the Special Corona Award (Austria)

* Falter Top 10 in 2019 (Austria)

* Official Selection for the 2020 Impulse Theater Festival (Germany)

 

"Dad Left<STAGE> an essay performance about leaving and not coming back 

Directing | Acting | Text | Videos | Producing

In cooperation with WERK X-Petersplatz, premiered on May 23rd

 

"Debris<STAGEby Victoria Halper and Kai Krösche

Directing & Devising | Producing

A contemporary circus production by Momomento, Premiered in November at the Fabrik Seestadt, Vienna.

 

2018

"Lustvoll<STAGEa performance about lust

Directing & Devising

A contemporary circus production by Momomento, Premiered mid-September at Theater Oberzeiring (Festival of Premieres).

Additional performances at Kristallwerk Graz and Theater Brett Vienna

 

"Zukunftsbüro<PERFORMANCEa performance festival about the future 

Idea & performance "Back your happiness" | Performance "If I were mayor..."

A project by the Landestheater Niederösterreich and makemake productions all over St. Pölten, Lower Austria.

 

"Arschgesicht" <FILM> a music video by Herr Magister

Editing

Music video, 3:56 minutes, 4K, ES/AT.

Artistic Work (full):

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Contact Info/Imprint:

Victoria Halper

Löblichgasse 6/16

1090 Vienna

Austria

+43 664 3186191

victoria.halper@gmail.com

@victoriahalper