Billy Cowie

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Research interests

works principally in the area of dance, installation and screen dance. He has completed six major screen projects (two BBC Dance for Camera commissions and two ACE Capture projects and two Channel 4 commissions).



European Commissioner for Madrid Bienal de las Artes del Cuerpo, Imagen y Movimiento 2019 and 2021 ENTERPRISE (AS APPROPRIATE)


Development of new poetic choreographic style that incorporates elements of contemporary dance, Butoh, Indian dance and social dance frequently incorporating text.


Edited book with four written chapters ‘Anarchic Dance’ pub Routledge 2006 ISBN-13: 978-0415365178


Research and Enterprise activities include Dance Installations at


Trinity Square Gallery, Toronto, 2004
Baltic Gallery, Gateshead, 2004
Walsall New Art Gallery, 2004,
Worcester City Art Gallery, 2004
Walsall New Art Gallery, 2006 (commission) ICA, London, 2006


Wimbledon College of Art Gallery, London, 2006 18th Street Arts Centre, Los Angeles, 2007 Greene Gallery, EMPAC , New York State, 2008 Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, 2008 Bargate Gallery, Southampton , 2008


Victoria and Albert Museum, 2008
Studio Beta, EMPAC, New York State, 2009 Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo, 2010
Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong 2010
53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China 2010 Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, 2011 Kochi Museum Art, Kochi, Japan, 2011
Arts House, Melbourne, 2011
Festival Gallery, Galway, 2011


Baryshnikov Centre, New York, USA, 2011 Wapping Project, London, 2012
Kyoto Art Centre Gallery, Kyoto, 2012 Sesc Pinheiros, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013 Central St Martins, London, 2013


Museo dArte Contemporaneo, Rivoli, 2013 Kyoto Art Centre Gallery, Kyoto, 2013 Kochi Museum Art, Kochi, Japan, 2014 Museo dArte Contemporaneo, Rivoli 2015 Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona , 2015 Arko Art Centre, Seoul, Korea, 2015


Place Theatre, London 2015
Biarritz Festival September 2016
L1 Festival Budapest 25 September 2017 Videodanza BA festival in Buenos Aires 21 Aug 2017 Tarkib Festival, Bagdhad, 2017
Kronenboden Gallery, Berlin 2017
Matadero, Madrid, 2018
Closeup Festival, Crema, Italy 2018
IDN Festival Barcelona, 2018


And Live Dance Commissions


Art of Movement – Kyoto Festival 2014
Under Flat Sky – Kochi Museum of Art, 2014
Tangos Cubanos – Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, 2015 Shakespeare Needs You – Festival B:om, Seoul, 2015
La Tragedia di Eponima – Morsi Festival, Milan 2016 Attraverso I Muri di Bruma – Prada Fondazione, Milan 2016


Danzas de Amor que se Fue for Danza Contepmpranea de Cuba 2019.   De lo Alto de Edificios Altos solo double bill for Luciana Croatto and Fiver Festival 2020.



1975 Tovey Composition Prize for Three Piano Pieces.

1976 Clutterbuck Scholarship

1985 Arts Council Composers for Dance Award

1989 Brighton Festival Award for artistic services to the community

1989 Brighton Festival Dance Award

1989 Gulbenkian Research and Development Award

1990 Brighton Festival BBC Radio Award for 'La Soupe'

1990 Alliance and Leicester Award for 'La Soupe'

1992 Alliance and Leicester Award for El Punal

1992 Brighton Festival Best Contemporary Music Award for El Punal

2002 Czech Crystal Award (best music/dance on television) for ‘Motion Control’

2002 Honourable Mention Paula Citron award for Choreography for the Camera at the Moving Picture Film and Video Awards Toronto

2003 Gold Special Jury Award at the Houston Filmfest for ‘Motion Control’

2003 Award at the Mediawave Festival in Hungary for ‘Motion Control’

2003 Romanian National Office of Cinematography Prize

2004 Special Mention Award Naples Film Festival 2004

2007 In the Flesh winner of the Delegates Prize at the IMZ International Dance Screen Festival in the Hague

2012 British Council Italia New Connections Award

2013 Art of Movement won the Prix du Jury at FCIDC (Festival Culturel International de Danse Contemporaine).

2017 Loikka Festival Finland Jury Special Mention for Tango Brasileiro.

2018 Fiver Festival, Rioja and Madrid. Artist of the Year Award.



Development and teaching of new poetic choreographic style that incorporates elements of contemporary dance, Butoh, Indian dance and social dance frequently incorporating text..

Successful implementation of new techniques at major dance schools and festivals worldwide.

Teaching profile over last three years.

2019 Dance film workshops at Centro Botin, Santander. 3 days 15 hours with 20 students. Six hours preparation in practical workshops. No assessments

Teaching responsibilities in previous years include choreography master classes using effective demonstration/participation/feedback model established leading to presentation of student work on internet

2006 St Petersburg 2010 Rio de Janeiro, 2010 Sao Paulo, 2010 Buenos Aires, 2011 Santiago,

2011 Bucharest,
2014 Havana
2014 Dansehallerne Copenhagen 2014 Kochi
2015 Havana
2016 Seoul

Invited lectures have been given in Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Portugal, Madrid, and a conference paper at Kyonggi University, Seoul, on April 2nd. 2016

2015/16 Masterclasses in choreography at the Esuela Superior de Danza de Monterrey (Mexico) 5 days 15 hours with 20 year three students. Six hours preparation and 75 hours contact in practical workshops. No assessments

2015/16 Final Year BA dance classes at the Scuolo Paulo Grassi. Two months. 160 hours contact (80 hours preparation) twelve students. Leading to performances at Morsi Festival and Fondazione Prada. No assessments

Fashion film workshops with UOB fashion students 2019. 3 days 15 hours with 20 students. No assessments



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