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Katharina Ernst

Katharina Ernst

Katharina Ernst

Renowned institutions, such as Deutsches Theater Berlin or Konzerthaus Vienna, off-spaces such as parking lots in the southwest of France, hidden venues like a one-man office hosting experimental music in the heart of Seoul, or an old factory full of people shaking to her beats somewhere along the Danube; these are the frames of Katharina’s artistic practice, which is as diverse as the projects she is involved in. The range spreads from improvised music with partners like Ken Vandermark, dieb13, Terrie Hessels and Kazuhisa Uchihashi to multidisciplinary street theatre with La Compagnie Luc Amoros; from live shows with her techno band VENTIL or with Chicks On Speed to contemporary dance and performance with artists and collectives like Oleg Soulimenko or Toxic Dreams. Through all of these diverse practices, Katharina defends an artistic approach that is one of a nomad, in and between disciplines. It is this perspective on art, as well as her partaking in various collaborations with highly interesting partners that have allowed her to travel across the planet - from The Netherlands to Mexico, from France to China, from Ireland to Australia. 

Born in 1987 in Vienna, Austria, Katharina is a Fine Arts/Painting graduate. She started playing the drums at age nine. Her major interests in drumming are poly-rhythmical, poly-metrical, odd and chaotic structures, understanding reduction as a means of approaching complexity. Besides touring in summer and painting in winter she is curating experimental art and music events in Vienna.  

Her first choreographic work ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z), a series of performance pieces on the political dimension of drums, movement and space, began in 2012, has been shown at Tanzquartier Wien, Arsenale, Venice and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, amongst other places, and has won several international art competitions and prizes (see right).
Katharina has already performed and / or exhibited in: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canary Islands, The Czech Republic, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

Anker/Mayas + Ernst/Gartmayer/dieb13

9 Apr 2016 - 20:30

Lotte Anker saxophones
Magda Mayas piano

Susanna Gartmayer bass clarinet
Katharina Ernst drums
dieb13 turntables

Native Instrument + Katharina Ernst

29 Apr 2017 - 20:30
Native Instrument_c_Camille-Blake__Katharina Ernst_Bartosk Sikorski

Native Instrument:
Stine Janvin Motland
– voice
Felicity Manga
n – field recordings

Katharina Ernst – drums, electronics

Global Warming: Uchihashi/Ernst + Davies/Mukarji

30 Aug 2019 - 20:30
Global Warming / Davies Mukarji

Global Warming: Kazuhisa Uchihashi & Katharina Ernst

Angharad Davies & Tisha Mukarji

Katharina Ernst/Luis Lopes + The Quiet Cue

5 May 2023 - 20:30
5 May 2023 - 23:59
Katharina Ernst by Michael_Breyer | Luis Lopes by Ziga Koritnik| The Quiet Cue by The Quiet Cue

Katharina Ernst/Luis Lopes
Katharina Ernst – drums
Luis Lopes – guitar

Michael Renkel – semi-acoustic guitar, objects, electronics
Nicolas Wiese – sampling, feedback mixer, oscillators


15 Oct 2023 - 15:00
15 Oct 2023 - 17:30
(c) Suse Sebald und (c) Dieter Kovacic

Schlagzeug, Spielzeug: Katharina Ernst
Gitarre, Elektronik: Martin Siewert

Moderation: Daniella Strasfogel

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15 Oct 2023 - 18:00
(c) Dieter Kovacic

Katharina Ernst: drums, toys
Martin Siewert: guitars, electronics