Foto: Philipp Ehmann
Foto: Philipp Ehmann

VICTORIA HALPER

DIRECTOR, ACTOR, VIDEO ARTIST, PRODUCER

 

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1988 to Austrian immigrants, she was raised bilingually, speaking English and German. She studied acting and directing at the University of Toronto completing her degree with distinction.

 

Following her family’s roots, she emigrated to Austria in 2010, where she has worked as an assistant director at state theatres like the Volkstheater Wien, Schauspielhaus Graz, Landestheater Niederösterreich. She has been active in the independent theatre scene in Vienna, Graz, and Upper Austria. While living in Linz (2013-2016) she headed the bilingual theatre group Theatermenschen as a producer, director, and actress. She received the Cultural Medal from the city of Traun, Upper Austria and Special Prize at the Upper Austria in Film Festival for her debut mid-length feature film Kommissar Taler, which she produced, directed, and edited and has since then been programmed by the Vision Film Festival in Rome, Italy and the Boden International Film Festival in Sweden.

 

In 2016 she relocated to Vienna and has since been experimenting with various forms of performing arts including contemporary circus (Lustvoll and Debris - Momomento), essay performances, immersive theatre, performative installations, video art, as well as playful forms of gamified theatre in public spaces (Play:Vienna). In 2018 she received the Newcomer Scholarship for Performing Arts from the Austrian Federal Chancellery for her one-woman multimedia essay performance Dad Left about the unexpected death of her father, produced in cooperation with Werk X-Peterplatz. This marked the change in her style of work, taking a step away from classical theatre, she started focusing on research-based multimedia performances that often straddle the line between fact and fiction

 

In 2018 she co-founded the Viennese performance collective DARUM with Kai Krösche and Laura Andreß. The collective produces interdisciplinary and experimental art. Their site specific projects Ungebetene Gäste and Ausgang: Offen, which they directed and produced collectively, included video installations by Victoria and were nominated for the prestigious Austrian Theater Prize the NESTROY in 2019 and 2020. Ausgang: Offen was voriginally planned as a 1:1 performance, but was adapted into a 98-minute experimental documentary which she directed, edited and produced. The film celebrated its World Premiere at the 54th Hof International Film Festival in Bavaria, Germany. Sadly cut short because of Corona, DARUM's planned residency at PACT Zollverein and invitation to the Impulse Festival 2020 in Cologne, Germany had to be cancelled and or rescheduled to an unknown future date.

 

She is currently working on her debut experimental film Floating Flies and is in the research phase of DARUM's next project Heimweh.

 

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CURRENT PRODUCTIONS

 

AUSGANG: OFFEN / EXIT: OPEN

A performative installation; 1-to-1 experience turned into film due to Covid-19

Directing, Acting, Videos // Performance Art in German with english subtitles

A coproduction by DARUM and WUK performing arts

World Premiere at the 54th Hof International Film Festival

www.darum.at

 

KOMMISSAR TALER

An eerie crime-comedy

Directing // a mid-length Film

Written by Alexander Knaipp & Victoria Halper

International Premiere: Vision Film Festival Rome, Italy. Online Festival: 18th-26th April 2021

Official Selection: Boden International Film Festival, Sweden 2021

More about the film

 

ALT

A robot musical

Acting // Theater in German

Directed by Simon Windisch

June 2021 at SHÄXPIR Festival Linz, Upper Austria

www.bumbumpieces.at

 

HEROSTRAT von Jean-Paul Sartre

A multimedia monologue performance

Acting // Theater in German

Directed by Kai Krösche

Autumn 2021 at WERK X-Petersplatz Vienna

www.werk-x.at

 

HEIMWEH

A performative installation over night

Directing, Videos, Performing // Performance Art in German 

A coproduction by DARUM and WUK performing arts

Coming 2022

www.darum.at

 

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