Billy Cowie is a Scottish artist/choreographer/writer

‘Billy Cowie is a poet of dance'  
Miguel Iglesias - director of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba

‘The quirky, lyrical, imaginative, arresting, romantic fantasies of Billy Cowie deeply impressed me.’ 
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Billy Cowie is the Godfather of 3D dance movies'
Gilles Jobin


Fondazione Prada September 2016




Tangos Cubanos commissioned by Danza Contemporanea de Cuba with designs by Silke Mansholt premiered in Havana Feb 2015. 2016 performances on May 20, 21 and 22 at the Federico García Lorca Hall of Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, Havana, Cuba and touring to South Germany 26nov Ludwigsburg, 29/30nov 1/2/3dec Fürth, 9dec Fridricshafen, 13dec Baden, 16/17dec Schweinfurt

Shakespeare Needs You commissioned by Festival Bo:m and fORbYaRTS in Seoul 2016. Design Silke Mansholt, dancers Ruri Han and Myung Hoon Park, Shakespeare voice Kim C, translator Kyungmin Lee. Supported by British Council



La Tragedia di Eponima
with designs by Silke Mansholt. Premiere on 7 July Milano. Performance on 17th September in Milano at Morsi Festival



Art of Movement won the Prix du Jury at FCIDC 2013 (Festival Culturel International de Danse Contemporaine). AOM performance in Eindhoven 3rd September 2016

jacqueline mitchell (live) and kaori ito (not) at edinburgh festival in art of movement

Billy Cowie and Gabriela Alcofra were commissioned as part of Big DanceShorts to make new dance film 'Tango Brasileiro' for Channel 4 and Brazilian TV. Screenings at festivals in Leeds, Barcelona, Montreal, Bucharest, Amsterdam etc. Screening on Saturday 11 June, 2016, 11:30am in The Rose Theatre, London.





AOM performances at Open Look Festival in St Petersburg 28th June - 7 July 2014 touring to Finland and Moscow


New commission Under Flat Sky for Kochi Museum of Art premiere 6th Dec 2014. Performance at Festival a Corte, Torino, 15 July 2016.

Edge of Nowhere with Rajyashree Ramamurthi virtual installation at the Place London. Live performances at Dance Base Edinburgh Fringe Festival 26-30th August.





He is currently touring a series of stereoscopic pieces, In the Flesh (winner of the IMZ Delegates Award 2008), The Revery Alone, Jenseits, Tango de Soledad. Presentation of TDS in Biarritz September 2016

2d version of 3d installation

'Tango de Soledad is a terrific piece of work. A stereoscopic video installation, featuring the athletic Amy Hollingsworth performing a solo tango. 3D glasses put the life-sized dancer solidly into the drawn, room-sized space in front of you. Everything about it is perfectly judged.'
Aidan Dunne  The Irish Times  22 July 2011

In the Flesh is a small jewel of a video installation. Within a dark space it bewitches with its harmony between music and words and a dancer suspended in the air in front of those who watch. Complete on both aesthetic and ethical levels, In the Flesh is a continuous flow between volumes and voids, between white and black, it feels on the skin like a tactile poem of love.'
Elfi Reiter - Il Manifesto Bologna del 20 Giugno 08


The following books by Billy Cowie are available

L'insole due in uno passenger anarchicdancemoonking




He 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). A book about his work entitled 'Anarchic Dance' was published by Routledge in January 2006.

He is currently Principal Research Fellow at the University of Brighton.

contact:: billycowie2010@ (no gap - spam defence)