Bang Bang Baroque (live-excerpt)
Musee d'art de Joliette


During this one-week residency, Emma Waltraud Howes, along with three collaborators, adapted a version of the performance Bang Bang Baroque specifically to the spaces of the Musée d’art de Joliette. The film version of this piece (Bang Bang Baroque, 2024) premiered in Howes’ solo exhibition The Time it Takes.

The performance Bang Bang Baroque (2023) is a hyper-glitch opera for seven characters that draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including protest techniques, psychoanalytical theories, heavy metal headbanging, and Baroque caricatures. Original graphite drawings were translated into large inflatable sculptures to be worn by performers who, moving amidst the guests, oscillate between psychological and material concepts of subject and object. The physical actions of the performers range from “soft head-banging” to a repertoire of traditional gestures from Baroque opera and contemporary mannerisms of etiquette.


Emma Waltraud Howes (they/she): Artist-choreographer

Marie Glassl (she/her): Dramaturg

Kinga Ötvös (they/she): Co-Composition, Vocals, and Performer (Aria Monumental)

Matilda Çobanli (they/she): Performer (Battle aka Let All Canons Fall, or Aktualneurosen)



In residence in the Salle Power Corporation du Canada from February 5 to 9, 2024.



Saturday, February 10, at 2:30 p.m.

In the Hall Famille Martin

Free and open to all


  • Artist-choreographer: Emma Waltraud Howes
  • Dramaturg: Marie Glassl
  • Co-Composition, Vocals, and Performer (Aria Monumental): Kinga Ötvös
  • Performer (Battle aka Let All Canons Fall, or Aktualneurosen): Matilda Çobanli
  • Wig: Caterina Veronesi
  • Costume (Baroque(n) Tethers): Studio Marta Martino
  • Costume (Aria Monumental): Don Aretino & Muyao Zhang
  • Photographer: Romain Guilbault

Exhibition History

  • The Time it Takes
    Musée d'art de Joliette
    Joliette, QC

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This residency was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts #bringingtheartstolife and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.

Part of Bang Bang Baroque Project