Scores for Daily Living

Emma Waltraud Howes

This idiosyncratic publication assembled by Berlin-based dancer and visual artist Emma Waltraud Howes and her collaborators operates from the viewpoint that embodied history offers important information for survival. Through live performances and material works, Howes explores how notation and scores can be used to navigate the everyday and act as a basis for practical exercises that help to maintain a tether amidst the chaos. The paginated choreography Scores for Daily Living is the second K. publication by Howes, following Ankyloglossia (2014); by relaying variations on rhythm and gait, gravity and grace, this new volume shares with readers a series of poetic engagements focusing on different states of self-empowerment and the connections between labor, ritual, and civilization.


Emma Waltraud Howes works as a translator between movement and form. Her focus is on the development of an expanded choreographic practice that incorporates public interventions, kinaesthetic and architectural research, and graphic scores for performances. Her interdisciplinary works are informed by her background in dance, performance theory, and the visual arts and are guided by observations of bodily gestures.



[DE]   Mit diesem achtsam choreografierten Künstlerbuch vermittelt die in Berlin lebende kanadische Tänzerin und bildende Künstlerin Emma Waltraud Howes ihre Grundhaltung, dass erlebt-verkörperte Geschichte essentielle Informationen zum (Über-)Leben liefert. Durch Scores und Notationssysteme, Variationen von Rhythmus und Bewegung, Schwere und Anmut schenkt dieser reich bebilderte Band ihren Leser*innen einen poetischen Baukasten zur Stärkung des Selbst.


Emma Waltraud Howes vermittelt zwischen Bewegung und Form. Besonderes Interesse widmet sie dabei der Entwicklung einer offen verstandenen choreografischen Praxis, zu der Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum, kinäsethetische und architektonische Überlegungen sowie grafische Notationssysteme gehören. Ihre interdisziplinären Arbeiten leben von Gesten und Beobachtungen und stützen sich auf ihre Ausbildung in Tanz, Performance-Theorie und bildenden Kunst.


Emma Waltraud Howes, Scores for Daily Living. With texts by Federica Bueti, Emma Wolf-Haugh, Anna Karpenko, and Maria Veie Sandvik. With editing by Mark Soo and photography by Trevor Good. German translation by Isabel Bredenbröker and Verena Buttmann. Concept & design by Emma Waltraud Howes and Franziska Morlok.



176 pages

20 x 32 cm

Color and black/white images

Hardcover, tread-bound

ISBN 978-3-947858-09-5


Published in August 2020


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