Emma Waltraud Howes (f. 1976, Canada) worked in a professional context as a dancer and choreographer before shifting her focus towards performance, video, sculpture, sound, and various 2D media within the framework of a conceptual art practice. Her current work 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 that can be interpreted by orchestras, dancers, and the public –– compositions representative of a stage in the development from concept and intention to depiction and effect. A stage is a place of theatre and a moment in the expansion of a social process. She is drawn to include the audience in this practice through an invitation to occupy the space of the exhibition as actors in a process of negotiation and play with perceived borders and boundaries.

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