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 and Contemporary Global Ethics
1997-2000. University of Glamorgan. BA (Hon’s) Humanities
1996-97. Kent Institute of Art and Design. BTEC Foundation in Art and Design


In which we prepare for… Commissioned by Alessia Cargnelli/ Catalyst Arts
Catalyst Arts, Belfast [Black Mountain]
Improvising Politics: Out of Touch. Commissioned by Valerio Del Baglivo and Anna Santomauro
Grand Union, Birmingham [VOZ RARA]
Doomsday is Just Not Coming. Commission by The Bad Vibes Club
Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry
Institute of Contemporary Art, London [In Formation]
Open School East, Margate
MOVEMENT 6, Commissioned by Rene Carmichael/ Flee Immediately
       Published in Flee Immediately Issue 02: Dance and Code

Breastbeating. Commissioned by Manual Labours
Showroom 2016 [The Complaining Body]
Peltz Gallery 2016 [The Complaining Body]


And so tell me how does it end?
Spill Central, Ipswich [Spill Festival]
Zu Vier Handen I w. Kimberley Harvey
Metal Liverpool [Dadafest]
Southbank Centre, London [Unlimited]
We Robot
Artsadmin 2018 [LADA DIY]
Breathe: Imperative w. Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 
Display Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Somerset House Studios London
Alien Phenomenology. w. Sarah Jury
       The Space, London [Adam James: An Extension of Us]

Non Existent Activity
York St John University, York [SLAP festival]
The, Brighton [Swallowsfeet festival]
🙊🚪🕖 w. Adam James.
Tate Britain, London [Family Festival]
🌳✋🔦 w. Adam James
Theatre Delicatesant, London [The Smoke international Larp convention]
Let’s Play PMQs w. Rosalie Schweiker and Sarah Jury
Resort studio, Margate 2017
The Great Invisible w. Katherine Hall.
The Trampery, London [Open Senses Festival]
Powerfully Careful w. Katherine Hall.
Brewery Studio, Bristol
Alien Phenomenology. w. Sarah Jury
       Res., UK
Ed Forneliales Studio, London [Play Co Summit]

There she lies motionless w. Francesca Cavello.
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich [Manifesta 11]
Maps w. Adam James and Sivan Rubenstein
Attenborough Centre, Leicester 
Chisenhale Dance Space, London [OpenLAB]
Alt Prepping
Decoda Coventry University [Summer Dancing]
Guest Projects [The Rebel Man Standard]
Open School East 
How Many Things to Build the Future
Studio ALTA, Prague [Ludic Stance] 
Thunderous Grumblings Under Cover of Darkness
Yorkshire Dance, Leeds
Contemporary Dance is a Politcal Project
Sadlers Wells, London [The Rebel Man Standard]

🌳✋🔦 w. Adam James
Camden People’s Theatre, London
Watch Me Watch You w. Rachael Dichter
Roehampton University, London
How Many Chairs to Build the Future
Camden People’s Theatre, London [Beta Public IV]
Royal Holloway, London [Daning Economies conference]
Utrecht University [Ppp conference]
The Third Chamber w. Gille Kleiman.
Beeston Park, Merrion Centre, Bramley Shopping Centre, Leeds [Ludus]
dialogue 1 part 5: How to live in a dead machine w. Maria Sideri
Chisenhale Dance Space, London

All The Things That We Can Do
Chisenhale Dance Space, London
Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Roehampton University London
How Many Chairs to Build the Future

Showroom Gallery, London 
Bethnal Green Library, London 
Z-arts, Manchester [Emergency festival]
The Third Chamber w. Gille Kleiman.
Ludus Dance, Lancaster [Encounters]
Open House
 Merton College, Oxford [Dancin' Oxford Festival]
How do we think with our bodies?
Bethnal Green Library, London
what_now festival 2014
Siobhan Davies Studios, London

Improvising Politics: explorations in Somatic Citizenship
Halmstad, Sweden [Knutpunkt]
Millennium Point, Birmingham [Many & Varied: Bees In a Tin]
Chisenhale Dance Space, London 
The Third Chamber w. Gille Kleiman.
Brunswick Centre, London [Rajni Shah Projects: Beyond Glorious]
Open House
Toynbee Studios, London [BELLYFLOP Cue Postions]
The corrosive effects of time redefine everything against our will
Roehampton University, London
Dancing Politics. w Gillie Kleiman
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge


2019. Goldsmiths MA Design students - workshop
2018. Syllabus IV cohort - workshop 
2018. London School for Economics’s Philosophy Forum: Dance and Philosophy Panel discussion
2018. Birkbeck arts PhD candidates - workshop
2018. Alt MFA - lecture
2017. Goldsmiths PhD candidates - seminar
2017. London School for Contemporary Dance MA students - lecture
2015. Birkbeck BA Dance students  - seminar
2015. Independent Dance’s Crossing Borders - presentation and discussion to London School for Contemporary Dance MA students
2014. Dance Art Foundation‘s Dance Critical Theory Group, season 2.
2013. Open School East - workshop


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.
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.) 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


2018. SPILL Festival SPILL OPEN (supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation), UK 
2018. LADA DIY, UK
2017. METAL Changemakers LAB participant, UK
2016. Golden Cobra Award: Game with best use of somatic elements w. Michael Such, UK
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

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