I am interested in thinking about care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. As a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests. I am particularly interested in care that is disengaged, hostile, reluctant or otherwise complicated and problematic.
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.
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).
Supported by Artsdmin, Arts Council England, Bad Vibes Club, Central School of Speech and Drama, ICA, Open Senses Festival, Manifesta 11, Res., Roehampton University, Sadlers Wells, SLAP York, Swallowsfeet Collective.