List of Collaborations

Bernd Ammann

Compagnie Luc Amoros

Werner Angerer 

S.R. Ayers

Ab Baars

Bil Wa

Klaus Bru

Michael Bruckner-Weinhuber

Gerhard Buchegger

Burgtheater Wien

Charity Chan

Chicks On Speed



Deutsches Theater Berlin

Johannes Egger

Georg Eisnecker


Isabella Ernst

Nikolaus Feinig

Jérôme Fohrer

Stefan Fraunberger

Wolfgang Fuchs

Arthur Fussy

Susanna Gartmayer

Julien Grosjean

Akram Al Halabi

Franz Hautzinger

Helved Rüm

Terrie Hessels

Junji Hirose

Lise Huber

Jin Sangtae

Flo Kindlinger

Katharina Klement

Bernd Klug

Peter Koger

Josef Kolarz-Lakenbacher

Lukas Kranzelbinder

Christof Kurzmann

Peter Kutin

Michael Lahner

Shih-Yang Lee

Philip Leitner

Daniel Lercher

Manuel Mayr

Anna Mitterer 

Michael Moser

Mitsuru Nasuno

Lina Neuner

Maximilian Oelz

Yumiko Ohno

Katherina Olschbaur

Orchester 33 1/3

Maja Osojnik

Fabian Pollack

Vincent Pongracz

Raphael Preuschl

Mario Rechtern

Rosi Rehformen

Beate Reiermann

Ines Reiger

Carina Riedl

Ryu Hankil

Fabrizio Saiu

Niklas Satanik

Ertunç Savga

John Sass

Yukie Sato

Matija Schellander

Benjamin Schiemer

Lukas Schiemer

Martin Schiske

Georg Schmelzer-Ziringer

Jakob Schneidewind

Benjamin Schoppmann

Christine Schörkhuber

Linda Sharrock

Martin Siewert

Bartosz Sikorski

Oleg Soulimenko 

Christof Spanring 

Burkhard Stangl

Andreas Stecher

Gregor "Keks" Streng

Peter Szely  

Tanz*Hotel / Bert Gstettner

Toxic Dreams

Hans Tschiritsch

Emirhan Üçkardas

Margaret Unknown

Kazuhisa Uchihashi

Boris Valentinitsch

Ken Vandermark 


Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen

David Vilayleck

Antti Virtaranta

Simon Vith

David Wedenig

Clemens Wenger

Paul Wenninger

Beate Wiesinger

Tamara Wilhelm

Conny Zenk

Katharina Ernst • drummer, artist, improviser

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, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Columbia, Croatia, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey 

Awards • Residencies • Curation


- START Scholarship of the Austrian Federal Chancellary

- Artist Residency GCC, Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea

- Curation of 4 events at MusikRaumGarage, a cooperation of dieAngewandte, departure and Wipark, Vienna


- Nomination for Overall Winner of the Performance Section of Arte Laguna Prize 13.14

- Special Mention for a : z_3 Figures at the awarding ceremony of Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice

- Nomination for the winner of Danse Elargie at Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, with a : z_approximate symmetries

- DAR Druskininkai Artist Residency, Lithuania

- Co-curation of Der Blöde Dritte Mittwoch, a monthly series for experimental art, performance and music in Vienna (ongoing)



- Winner of it's liquid - International Art Competition for ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)

- Honorary Prize of the Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna for ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)

- Werkstück Residency, Tanzquartier Wien, with ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)

- CADHAME Residency at La Halle Verrière, Meisenthal, France with ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)