I am interested in thinking about care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. As a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests.
Through this research I am examining the physical performances of care calling on knowledge from somatic dance, nursing and kink. As a thread to connect them I am looking at how people care for still, passive bodies. How do such configurations reveal some of the complexities and difficulties of caring, like resentment and control.
I am approaching this research with the idea of configurations, which could refer to arrangements of elements in particular forms, or (in computing) to configuration files which create the initial settings for a computer programs, and sometimes provide tools to modify those settings.
Hamish MacPherson, Kimberely Harvey and Paul Hughes. Photo by Antonio de la Fe. Taken at Open Choreography Residency Siobhan Davies Studios, London (2017).