Croatia – Hipp
Branko Valenta ( Zak ) born on 13 December 1966 in Umag, Croatia. Graduated from the School of Physical Theatre in London, and studied through programs of Mime school in Amsterdam School for New Dance Development, Moving Acadamey for Performing Arts in Berlin, Eurythmeum Stuttgart and through a variety of workshops and seminars at home and abroad. Founding Member of : Trafik dance-theater/ Rijeka, Prostor+ dance education organization/ Rijeka, PAP Performing arts program / Zagreb. As an educator works at: Art High School in Ljubljana, AGFRT / Ljubljana, Spiralle Modern dance program / Vienna , Academy for puppetry / Osijek, Prostor + / Rijeka, MAPA / Berlin, SKUC / Zagreb , Dance Centre TALA / Zagreb, Croatian National theater/ Zadar- Rijeka, Studio Zaro / Pula and elsewhere. A long-time associate of the Croatian Institute for Dance and Movement (HIPP) and the initiator producer of Festival Edition in Rijeka; Long time Artist Assocate of HIPP at Zagreb Dance Centre (Mime and Physical Theatre Classes) Member of the Croatian community of independent artists (ZUH) ,Croatian Association of Dance Artists ( UPUH), and the European Mime Federation (EMF). Known as the site-specific works of DDR / Welcome to Rijeka, Trsatska stupa, Archives (in Rijeka), Funicular (Zagreb), Courts and Potuni (Zadar), Istrijska špaš (Grožnjan) and others. For play “Imago”, directed by Natasha Lušetić awarded with „ Vladimir Nazor“ award for theater art. Twice nominated for the Croatian theatre award: 2010 for best male dance role, 2014 for dance theatre performance “Hermaphrodites of the Soul”. Works and live in Zagreb.