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Updated: 27.09.2018

Emma Waltraud Howes (b. Toronto, Canada) studied Ballet and Baroque Opera before becoming a company member with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. She received a certificate in professional training from Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, where she was awarded an international grant to take part in the New Artistic Strategies program at The Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar.

She has been a grant recipient from the Canada Council of the Arts, The Québec Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), and Goldrausch künstlerinnenprojekt art IT, Berlin. She was the Québec Council Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, 2014, and The Canada Council Artist in Residence at ACME Studios in London, 2018.

Howes works as a translator between movement and form. Her interdisciplinary works manifest as multiple reconfigurations of the body and space informed by her background in dance, performance theory, and the visual arts within the framework of a conceptual art practice. Her labour is guided by observations of gestures with a focus on the development of an expanded choreographic practice incorporating public interventions, kinaesthetic and architectural research, and an underlying drawing component in the form of graphic scores for performances – compositions representative of a stage in the development from concept and intention to depiction and effect.

Selected solo exhibitions

Scores for Daily Living, ZIL Cultural Center, Moscow (2019), Scores for Daily Living, Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018); The Nine Returns to the One, The Place, London (2018); Stage Directions for a Mouth, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga (2016); Ankyloglossia (n. tongue-tie), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2014).

Selected group exhibitions

Dreiküchenhaus: Labour, Ritual, and Civilization, Neustadt, Kornträgerweg, Hamburg (2018); I hear you (Jeg hører deg), Kunstmueet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018); Gregarious Approximations, Frontviews, Berlin (2018); Conglomerate: Block 5, Kino Moviemento, Berlin (2018); Hidden Lines of Space, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (2017).


Ten Days Six Nights, Joan Jonas, Tate Tanks, London (2018); Dynamis, Georgia Sagri, Documenta14, Kassel (2017); Liminals, Jeremy Shaw, Venice Biennale (2017); The Stroker, with Pilvi Takala (2018); Related Primates, Dafna Maimon, KW, Berlin (2017); Symphony for a Missing Room, Lundohl & Seitl, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2016).

Public lectures

Tether for an Engagement, Berlin Art Institute, Berlin (2018); Points de rencontres arts visuels et arts vivants, ICI UQAM, Darling Foundry, Montreal (2016); Botanical Drift: Walking Kew Gardens, UCL, London (2015); The Transient Nature of Spatial Order, Performance Lecture Series: Architectural Association Inter-Professional Studios. London (2009).

Selected publications include

Botanical Drift (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2018); Ankyloglossia (n. Tongue-tie) (Berlin: K. Verlag Press, 2014); The Retreat (Toronto: Public Journal, 2014); An Archive of Accident Gestures (Berlin: Goldrausch, 2011).

Workshops have included

Scores for Daily Living, Workshop lead, University College of Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018); Alive … & then Some, Ateneu, Porto, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2018); Twisted Buoys, Centrum, Berlin (2018); Wormhole Through Your Brain, Workshop lead with Jeremy Shaw and Justin F. Kennedy, ImPulsTanz, Vienna (2017).

Upcoming projects

Tether for an Engagement, Solyanka VPA, Moscow (2019)

Emma Waltraud Howes lives and works in Berlin, where she works as a mediator between artists and performers; encouraging direct lines of communication that acknowledge the complexity of these exchanges, and with respect to the distinct characteristics of their diverse material and physical languages.