Christopher Willes is a Toronto based artist working in the intersections of music, performance, and visual art practice. His activities include making concert performances, exhibitions, dance and theatre collaborations, printed materials, curatorial projects, and writing about contemporary art and music. He is an associate artist with the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, and often works with choreographers and dance artists as a sound-maker and dramaturge. His work has been shown in Canada, USA, and Europe, with recent presentations at The Gardiner Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Toronto Public Library, 8-11 Gallery, Tangente, the Music Gallery, Fierce Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303, and many others.
Notable collaborations include a recent book with Hildegard Westerkamp and Christine Sun Kim, a sound walk with Adam Kinner, a play with Small Wooden Shoe (Sound Live Tokyo), another play with Public Recordings, and a durational performance with Ame Henderson at The Art Gallery of Ontario. From 2011-2015 he maintained an ongoing collaboration with Dancemakers in Toronto, where he worked as both a composer and dramaturge. More recently he has contributed to performance works by Ame Henderson, urbanvessel, Evan Webber, Benjamin Kamino, Ellen Furey, Meryem Alaoui, Simon Portigal, Clara Furey/Par B.L.eux, Noemie Solomon and Adam Kinner.
In 2016 Christopher received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). In 2017 he was a resident artist at the Toronto Public Library, as well a winter artist-in-residence at Gibraltar Point, Toronto. He studied music at the University of Toronto, dance dramaturgy at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, and recieved an MFA from Bard College (NY, USA).
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