Christopher Willes is an interdisciplinary artist and composer working across experimental music, performance, and visual art forms. His activities included creating concert works, performances, exhibitions, publications, site-specific interventions, dance and theatre collaborations, facilitating workshops, research, writing, and curation. He is an associate-artist with the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, and regularly collaborates with dance and theatre artists as a sound-maker and dramaturge.
Christopher's work has been presented in Canada, USA, and in the UK. Recent activities include presentations at The Gardiner Museum, The Toronto Public Library, 8-11 Gallery, Fierce Festival, the Music Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303, Dazibao Gallery, and Open Ears Festival.
As a sound-maker and dramaturge working in contemporary dance and theatre over the past decade, he has collaborated with Dancemakers, Small Wooden Shoe, Ame Henderson, Evan Webber, Ellen Furey, Simon Portigal, Suburban Beast, Noemie Solomon and Adam Kinner, urbanvessel, Clara Furey / Par B.L.eux and many others. His work in the performing arts has been presented across Canada, in the UK and Japan.
Christopher was recently a recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada), a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Milieux Institute (Montreal), and at The Toronto Public Library. He studied music at the University of Toronto, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (NY, USA). His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the Metcalf Foundation, Happy like a flower.