Shifting Tethers
How to Conduct a Flustered Symphony

Ed.: Emma Waltraud Howes and Mark Soo
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The score Shifting Tethers: How to Conduct a Flustered Symphony evolved from my practice of durational movement. Movement generated from the score serves as a tool to witness embodied experience in relation to external influences, while the score itself provides a base to notate the paths taken and information gleaned. With each repetition of the score, concentrated focus into the depths of the body’s psyche/worlds increases.

Emerge from the depths to recall the experience and translate this into a graphic interpretation of the journey taken. Tethers can be shifted infinitely with clarity of intention as guides to expand internal and external space. Color is welcome and interpretation encouraged.

This practice is intended as a method to incite the awareness of external influences upon the action of peripheral vision. I encourage repetition and duration, and to linger in the murk of these actions, until you find room to approach all of your content with a lucid and expansive gaze. All are welcome at the table, and pleasure can be found in both the frictions and the revelations you will find here.

Emma Waltraud Howes, 2021


Shifting Tethers: How to Conduct a Flustered Symphony
Copyright Emma Waltraud Howes (2021)
Pencil on paper, 70 x 50 cm
Photo: Nick Ash (Berlin)
Layout and design: Franziska Morlok
Editor: Mark Soo

This Score was commissioned within the frame of the project Scores for Pleasure by Przemek Kamiński. Scores for Pleasure is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.