NO CLIMAX YET

Hamish MacPherson with Antonio De La Fe, Kimberley Harvey and Paul Hughes
2018

A series of overlapping, one-hour performances of passivity and activity, movement and stillness. These vary from wrapping a limp body to giving an anatomy lecture; from exhausted, wild dancing to asking the audience ‘What shall I do next?”.

Over six hours, four performers assemble themselves in ever-shifting configurations of ones, twos, threes and fours. The 14 one-hour performances overlap so at any one time there are two performances taking place - merging, contrasting and cohabiting the space. Changing their costume, lighting and scenography, they draw the audience in to different worlds of care and intimacy - from sex club to salon to mortuary, and things in between.

Similarly there are multiple audiences, each only experiencing a one hour chapter of the whole piece; seeing some things end, some things transform and some things begin. Each of these hour long chapters is unique in content, tone and genre, a window into an unknowable whole.

These audiences overlap so every half hour a new audience enters and one leaves. As you enter there is already an audience sat opposite you, half way through their experience - what do they know? What has gone before?

This is the latest work in Hamish’s Configurations series which orbits around the idea of care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. As a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests. And in particular, care that is disengaged, reluctant or otherwise complicated and with problems.



“NO CLIMAX YET brings an exquisite group of artists together in an unexpected collection of performative and choreographic actions that suggest an exploration of mind and body, of our relation to others. It invites you to be a spectator, confronting the audience with the role a voyeur wand influencing the work itself, seemingly weaving your mind and body into the actions of the performers. Witnessing and attending to care, I’m struck by a desire to enter, to escape, to move at least.”

Paul Russ
Artistic Director and Chief Executive
Dance4 Nottingham, UK


“Hamish MacPherson’s work has a tendency to expand in all directions, and with NO CLIMAX YET he’s taken this even further, starting with the topical, even trendy subject of care and wandering away from all the trodden paths toward its dark and disinterested side. His stops along the way bring him in touch with some really varied interlocutors – from a massage therapist to a person who likes being used as furniture. And then he brings it all into a room and invites us to hang out with it for a while.”

Lauren Wright
Programme Director
Siobhan Davies Dance London, UK

“I loved NO CLIMAX YET. I loved the shifting, slippery nature of it. It felt like a collage of bodies, textures, sounds and moments, intersecting, rubbing up against and contrasting with each other. Experiencing it made me feel at once involved, exposed and kept at arm’s length, jealously wondering what I had missed and what I was going to miss. It was like a hallucinatory window into two transitory, overlapping worlds. In one moment bodies were agents, in the next material to be sculpted and played with. At times it was dark, at others frank, at others extremely gentle. At all times it was hypnotic and swallowed you into it.”

Lara Tysseling
Assistant Producer
The Yard London, UK

“[His work] reveals how spectatorship is always partial and that therefore they ways we think about what the work is and what it means to experience it requires rethinking. [...]  we need to continue to examine works which push at the edges of the conventions in dance regarding structure, duration and form and rethink what is means to engage with and access works of dance and performance.”

Hetty Blades


Supported by Arts Council England, Roehampton University, Sadlers Wells and ArtsAdmin. Originally selected as part of the SPILL OPEN, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.