From October 2020, Paul is undertaking a PhD with the University of Roehampton and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Emerging from and grounded in our collaborative practice, this project will study the relationships between dance artists and institutions, particularly where an ‘independent’ artist takes on a curatorial role. We use the term ‘hosting’ to think about the practical, ethical and aesthetic complexities of these situations.

The research is supported with public funds through TECHNE: with university fees waived and a stipend of £17,285 per annum for four years. We consider this work as being undertaken for the benefit of the artists, organisations, and interested public across the field of UK dance. If you think this research could support you and your work, please get in touch.

To the right, in orange text, you can find link to transcripts of open letters that Paul has been writing each month to his supervisors, that reflect on current practice, interests and preoccupations. You can sign up to receive these by email by clicking here. There are also evaluative reports I will put together at the end of each semester. And below, you can find recordings of talks Paul has given as part of this research. These 'desktop presentations' owe a debt to Simon Ellis – thanks Simon!

Year 1 Term 1
Organisation and Disorganisation
Oct '20
Nov '20
Dec '20
Y1T1 Semester Report
PhD Seminar presentation, Dance Department, Uni of Roehampton
2nd Dec 2020. Full transcript here.
Presentation at On Transversality digital conference, as part of the 'Undoing the Institution' session. 10th Dec 2020. Full transcript here.