Hamish MacPherson
b. 1975. London


2012-14    University of Roehampton. MRes: Choreography and Performance
2010-13    Birkbeck College. Foundation Degree in Performance: Dance
2006-08   Kings College London. MA: Human Values & Contemp’ Global Ethics
1997-00    University of Glamorgan. BA (Hon’s) Humanities
1996-97    Kent Institute of Art and Design. BTEC Foundation in Art and Design


2020   It is urgent that we take our time
            Paraphilia Collective [DO_Gooders magazine]
2020   Metaform
            Wellcome Collection [Play Well]
2020   Metaform
            Swallowsfeet Collective [Oops at Oh]
2019   Shadows over Croydon w. Una Hamilton Helle
            Croydon Arts Store
2019   Zu Vier Handen w. Kimberley Harvey
            Sophiensæle, Berlin [The Space Inbetween/No Limits 2019]
2017   In which we prepare for…
            Commissioned by Alessia Cargnelli/ Catalyst Arts
            Catalyst Arts, Belfast [Black Mountain]
2017   Improvising Politics: Out of Touch
            Commissioned by Valerio Del Baglivo and Anna Santomauro
            Grand Union, Birmingham [VOZ RARA]
2017   Doomsday is Just Not Coming
            Commissioned by The Bad Vibes Club
            Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry
            Institute of Contemporary Art, London [In Formation]
            Open School East, Margate
2017   Non Existent Activity
            York St John University, York [SLAP festival]
            The Old Market, Brighton [Swallowsfeet festival]
2017   MOVEMENT 6
            Commissioned by Rene Carmichael/ Flee Immediately
            Published in Flee Immediately Issue 02: Dance and Code
2016   Breastbeating
            Commissioned by Manual Labours
            Showroom 2016 [The Complaining Body]
            Peltz Gallery 2016 [The Complaining Body]
2016   MOVEMENT 4.
            Commisioned by AirSpace Gallery
            AirSpace Gallwery [Decapod]
2016   Maps w. Adam James and Sivan Rubenstein
            Commisioned by Sivan Rubenstein
            Attenborough Centre, Leicester


2020  Horny? Likely? *Lonely?
            The Bad Vibes Club, Online
            SITE [in.oscillation]
2019  Metaform
            Mansions of the Future, Lincoln [inDialogue 2019]
            Chisenhale Dance Space [Making an Exit]
2019   It is urgent that we take our time
            CCA Derry~Londonderry [URGENCIES]
            Spill Central, Ipswich [Spill Festival]
2018   Zu Vier Handen w. Kimberley Harvey
            Metal Liverpool [Dadafest]
            Southbank Centre, London [Unlimited]
2018   We Robot
            Artsadmin 2018 [LADA DIY]
2018   Breathe: Imperative w. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
            Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
            Display Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
            Somerset House Studios London
2018   Alien Phenomenology w. Sarah Jury
            The Space, London [Adam James: An Extension of Us]
2017   🙊🚪🕖 w. Adam James.
            Tate Britain, London [Family Festival]
2017    🌳✋🔦 w. Adam James
            Theatre Delicatesant, London [The Smoke int’l larp convention]
2017   Let’s Play PMQs w. Rosalie Schweiker and Sarah Jury
            Resort studio, Margate 2017
2017   The Great Invisible w. Katherine Hall.
            The Trampery, London [Open Senses Festival]
2017   Powerfully Careful w. Katherine Hall.
            Brewery Studio, Bristol    
2017   Alien Phenomenology w. Sarah Jury
            Res., UK
            Ed Forneliales Studio, London [Play Co Summit]
2016   There she lies motionless w. Francesca Cavello.
            Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich [Manifesta 11]
            Chisenhale Dance Space, London [OpenLAB]
2016   Alt Prepping
            Decoda Coventry University [Summer Dancing]
            Guest Projects [The Rebel Man Standard]
            Open School East
2016   How Many Things to Build the Future
            Studio ALTA, Prague [Ludic Stance]
2016   Thunderous Grumblings Under Cover of Darkness
            Yorkshire Dance, Leeds
2016   Contemporary Dance is a Politcal Project
            Sadlers Wells, London [The Rebel Man Standard]
2015   🌳✋🔦 w. Adam James
            Camden People’s Theatre, London
2015   Watch Me Watch You w. Rachael Dichter  
            Roehampton University, London    
2015   How Many Chairs to Build the Future
            Camden People’s Theatre, London [Beta Public IV]
            Royal Holloway, London [Dancing Economies conference]
            Utrecht University [Ppp conference]
2015    The Third Chamber w. Gille Kleiman.
            Beeston Park, Merrion Centre, Bramley Shopping Centre, Leeds [Ludus]
2015    dialogue 1 part 5: How to live in a dead machine w. Maria Sideri
            Chisenhale Dance Space, London
2014   All The Things That We Can Do
            Chisenhale Dance Space, London
            Shoreditch Town Hall, London
            Roehampton University London
2014   How Many Chairs to Build the Future
            Showroom Gallery, London
            Bethnal Green Library, London
            Z-arts, Manchester [Emergency festival]
2014   The Third Chamber w. Gille Kleiman.
            Ludus Dance, Lancaster [Encounters]
2014   Open House
            Merton College, Oxford [Dancin' Oxford Festival]
2014   How do we think with our bodies?
            Bethnal Green Library, London
2014   what_now festival 2014
            Siobhan Davies Studios, London
2013   Improvising Politics: explorations in Somatic Citizenship
            Halmstad, Sweden [Knutpunkt]
            Millennium Point, Birmingham [Many & Varied: Bees In a Tin]
            Chisenhale Dance Space, London
2013   The Third Chamber w. Gille Kleiman.
            Brunswick Centre, London [Rajni Shah Projects]    
2013   Open House
            Toynbee Studios, London [BELLYFLOP Cue Postions]
2013   The corrosive effects of time redefine everything against our will
            Roehampton University, London
2013   Dancing Politics. w Gillie Kleiman
            Cambridge Junction, Cambridge


2019    Institut für Theater, Film und Medienwissenschaft Goethe Universität Frankfurt
2019    Goldsmiths MA Design
2018    Syllabus IV cohort  
2018    LSE Philosophy Forum
2018    Birkbeck arts PhD candidates
2018    Alt MFA
2017    Goldsmiths PhD candidates
2017    London School for Contemporary Dance MA
2015    Birkbeck BA Dance
2015    Independent Dance’s Crossing Borders
2014    Dance Art Foundation‘s Dance Critical Theory Group.
2013    Open School East


2018    SPILL Festival SPILL OPEN, UK
2018    LADA DIY, UK
2017    METAL Changemakers LAB participant, UK
2017    Dance on the Radio award
2016    Golden Cobra Award: Game with best use of somatic elements
2015    danceWEB scholarship, Austria/EU
2014    Outstanding Masters Research 2014.
             Roehampton University Dance Department, UK
2013    Independent Dance’s mentoring programme, UK


2017    Siobhan Davies Studios Open Choreography Residency, UK
2016    Performing Politics/Politicising Performance:
             Summer School of Political Dissent. University of Warwick, UK
2016    AirSpace Gallery artist in residence, UK
2015    Meg Stuart/ Porto Sessions, Portugal
2015    Tanteo, UK
2015    PAF London, Independent Dance, UK
2015    Paradise Lost, Retreat, UK
2014    Paradise Lost, Retreat, UK
2013    Paradise Lost, Retreat, UK
2012    Dramaturgs’ Network ft. Hildegard de Vuyst, Dramaturgy and Dance, UK


Blades, H. 2018. ‘Dance’s Political Imaginaries’ in Ellis, S., Blades, H., & Waelde,   C. (Eds.) (2018). A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Coventry: C-DaRE.
Blades, H. 2019. ‘Projects, Precarity, and the Ontology of Dance Works.’ Paper. Dance Research Journal. April 2019.  
Blades, H. 2019.‘Performance and the Partial.’ Paper. Choreographic Practices.
de Kersaint Giraudeau, M. 2015. On Gifs. Interview. Bad Vibes Club
Ellis, S., Hughes, P. and MacPherson, H. 2018. We Took Photographs
Hughes, P. and MacPherson, H. 2018. I could never imagine where I am now so how can I imagine where I will be next. Paper. Digital Echoes 2018, Center for Dance Research in Coventry University
MacPherson, H. (Ed.) 2019. STILL LIFE: Horny? Likely? *Lonely?
MacPherson, H. (Ed.) 2019. STILL LIFE: Issue 4
MacPherson, H. (Ed.) 2018. STILL LIFE: Issue 3
MacPherson, H. (Ed.) 2018. STILL LIFE: Issue 2
MacPherson, H. (Ed.) 2017. STILL LIFE: Issue 1
MacPherson, H. 2016. Puppies, Participants and Patients. Paper. Performing Care, Central School for Speech and Drama
MacPherson, H. 2016.What if a complaint needs to be made with paint or fire or shit?
MacPherson, H. 2016. ‘What Are Screendance Competitions Even For? A Response to the 2015 Leeds International Film Festival Screendance Competition’ in The International Journal of Screendance. Vol 6. 2016
MacPherson, H. 2014. The Small i and Technologies of Abstraction Masters text
MacPherson, H. 2014. Between intuition & analysis: Choreography after Henri Bergson. Paper. The Young conference. University of Groningen
MacPherson, H. 2014. The World is at Your Feet: Perspectives on Choreography from Conceptual Metaphor. Paper. On Feet symposium. Roehampton University.
MacPherson, H. 2013. ‘Body Politics’. Exeunt
MacPherson, H. 2013. ‘Fringe Travel’. Bellyflop/ Dance Umbrella
Oosten, A. 2019. ‘Hamish MacPherson and his zine STILL LIFE’ in www.zorgethiek.nu
Oosten, A. 2019. ‘Pondering ‘STILL LIFE’’ in www.zorgethiek.nu