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 links a series of open letters that Paul has been writing to his supervisors each month, that reflect on current practice, interests and preoccupations. You can sign up to receive these by email by clicking here. We are also publishing public evaluative reports at the end of each semester. And below, you can find some 'outputs' of this research; including artistic or curatorial projects, and recordings of talks Paul has given at symposia and conferences. These latter 'desktop presentations' owe a debt to Simon Ellis

Year 1 Term 1
Organisation and Disorganisation 
Oct '20
Nov '20
Dec '20
Y1T1 Semester Report
Year 1 Term 2
Entrances and Exits
Jan '21
Mar '21
Letters of Resignation. Postal project with Siobhan Davies Dance.
27th Feb – 19th Jun 2021. More info here.
Presentation at On Transversality digital conference, as part of the 'Undoing the Institution' session. 10th Dec 2020. Full transcript here.
PhD Seminar presentation, Dance Department, Uni of Roehampton
2nd Dec 2020. Full transcript here.