Wild Child by Valérie Reding

Swiss performer Valérie Reding plays with femininity and gender at CounterPulse Festival.

Photo courtesy Valérie Reding

Event Details


80 Turk Street, San Francisco, California United States


March 16, 2018 from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


$10 - $25

Combining pompous burlesque acts with intimate confessions, Wild Child blurs the line between natural and artificial, authenticity and masquerade, reality and fantasy. The performer morphs from one character to the next and reenacts past encounters to discover what sexual desire is. She plays with femininity and other gender roles to unveil the joy, fear, shame, violence, power relations and expectations that are embedded within our relationships and desires.  

Valérie Reding was an invited artist-in-residence at ODC in the Spring and Summer of 2016, an initiative developed between the cities of San Francisco and Zurich by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

Wild Child is part of the inaugural, four-day CounterPulse Festival.


  • March 15 at 6-7pm  (Doors 5:15pm)
  • March 16 at 9-10pm (Doors 8:15pm)


Valérie Reding

Kim Lang courtesy of Valérie Reding.

Valérie Reding works at the intersection of performance, dance, photography and video, and uses her body to explore the potential of empathy, vulnerability, transformation and drag in order to question norms and stereotypes of gender, sexualities, and identities. She has been trained in ballet and contemporary dance and received a BA in Media Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her works have been shown in galleries such as Commonwealth & Council (LA), FORMA Arts Contemporains (Lausanne) or LAC (Vevey) and she has performed at festivals such as Zurich Moves!, the Queer Biennial II (LA), La Fête du Slip (Lausanne) and Deep Trash by CUNTemporary (London).


  • Tanzhaus Zürich (CH)
  • Théâtre Sévelin 36 (CH)
  • CounterPulse (USA) 
  • TROIS C-L (LU)


  • Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte (LU)
  • Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art (CH)
  • Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung (CH)
  • Fonds Respect (CH)
  • City of Zurich (CH)
  • Consulate General of Luxembourg in San Francisco (SF)
  • Pro Helvetia (CH)

Photo: Feature courtesy Valérie Reding. Bio photo by Kim Lang, courtesy Valérie Reding.