Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Valentina discovered her passion for theater at an early age. As a child of renowned ballet stars she mastered the classical ballet technique, was tutored by Maurice Bejart and also internalized the sense of arts & culture. Her modern dance skills were developed at Rudra Béjart Academy, and she continued her career at Béjart Ballet Lausanne, where she enriched her repertory and knowledge with many challenging roles.
After returning to Slovenia and appearing in E. Clug’s Tango she is considered to be one of the most accomplished dancers in Slovenia. Her other notable dance appearances’ were in the international production Silence of Balkans created by Goran Bregović and Tomaž Pandur, choreographed by Edward Clug and Architecture of silence that opened the Singapore Arts Festival in 2006.
Valentina’s most acclaimed choreography that won critical praise and enchanted the audience beside Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet created in november 2012 for the Ballet of Slovene National Theatre Maribor is G. Bizet/R. Schedrin’s Carmen, created in 2011 for the Ballet of Croatian National Theatre Split. Other notable choreographies include Ravel´s Bolero , also for the Ballet of Croatian National Theatre Split, that was presented in Istanbul, European Capital of Culture in 2010; Brahms’ Hungarian dances and Khachaturian’s Masquerade Waltz for a New Years Gala 2010 in the Slovene National Theatre Maribor; Tarde, J. S. Bach’s Partita for the opening of the International Ballet Galas in Slovenia 2011 and Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga for the International Ballet Gala 2012.
Her choreographies for opera divertissements and stage movement design for Lakmé, Carmen, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, Les contes d’Hoffmann were described as fresh and surprising with musical precision and a unique style.
Using the technique of a pastiche she created a biopic La Callas as a tribute to the legendary soprano comprising opera and ballet, and so creating a total work of art in 2007.
She designed stage movement and choreographed more then 20 theatre performances, including Christopher Hampton’s Dangerous Liaisons, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The tempest, Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Henry IV, Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Cervantes’s Don Quixotte, Stoker’s Dracula, Ionesco’s La Cantatrice chauve, Les Rhinocéros, Andersen’s Snow Queen, Lorca’s Bodas de sangre, Brecht’s Die Dreigroschenoper, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Bulgakov’s Master and Marguerite. Actors describe her as an ultimately demanding coach, a complete devoted artist and a magnetic individual.
Valentina received numerous awards, among them a bronze medal at the World Dancing Competition in Nagoya, Japan. Her choreography titled Rosemary was named the most innovative choreography by the jury at the Slovene Ballet Dancers Competition in 2007.
In 2008 she was awarded for her work in the field of ballet, opera and drama by the Slovene Association of Ballet Artists. The jury specified: ‘By mastering the dance-theatrical expressions and using in-depth interpretations, she reaches the highest level of stage maturity and awareness. She enriches our stages with her charismatic personality. Her body expression simply opens up new dimensions in the understanding of the art of dance. […] Her work is the result of long experience, rich knowledge and absolute love for art.’
In July 2012, Valentina had a world premiere of specially created ballet choreography for the Covent Garden Dance Company making a part of International Stars of Ballet and Dance.
During the season 2011/2012 a very successful creation of Bernard Schlink’s The Reader enriched her directing experience. Meanwhile, she is preparing to work with a famous soprano Allison Bell on exciting project Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg.
Valentina’s future engagements among others include choreographing of Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin for the Slovene National Theatre Maribor.