Paul is undertaking a PhD with the University of Roehampton and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, running from October 2020 to September 2024.


Emerging from and grounded in our collaborative practice, this project studies the relationships between freelance dance artists and institutions, particularly when ‘independent’ artists take on curatorial roles. We use the term ‘hosting’ to think about the practical, ethical and aesthetic complexities of these situations​ – and use them to reflect on our understanding of, and participation in, institutional structures.

While undertaking this publicly-funded project, we are embracing notions of transparency, accountability and responsibility. On this page, you can find various materials developed through this research; such as talks, texts, documentation of artworks. You can also read a series of open letters that Paul has been writing to his supervisors that reflecting on current interests and preoccupations. You can sign up to receive these by email here.

Year 1 Term 1
Organisation and Disorganisation

Oct '20
Nov '20
Dec '20

Year 1 Term 2

Entrances and Exits

Jan '21

Mar '21

Year 1 Term 3

Clarity and Bullshit

Apr '21

May '21

Year 1 Term 4

Boundaries and Intimacy

Jul '21

Aug '21

Sep '21

Year 2 Term 1

Invitation and Exclusion

Nov '21

Year 2 Term 2

Decency and Desire

Jan '22

Year 2 Term 3

Cruelty and Kindness

May '22

Year 2 Term 4

Gatherings and Dispersals

Year 3 Term 1

Records and Clearings

On working with Chris Goode
An archive of reflections on abuse and accountability within UK theatre and performance, with Lucy Ellinson, Xav de Sousa and Maddy Costa. 
Oct 2022.
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Autumn Term
A series of performance workshops organised as & with the houdini club, at Nottingham Contemporary.
Oct - Dec 2022.
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No Manifesto, after Yvonne Rainer
May 2022.
Photo by Hamish MacPherson.
Dancing Their Unhappy Freedoms.
An essay co-written with Simon Ellis.
February 2022.
Distributed online and as zines.
Self-Possessed, a performance presented at Manchester Art Gallery as part of Handle With Care, organised by Iniva. 25th November 2021.
Photo by Hamish MacPherson. 
The performance was accompanied by a short text available
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To suture a wound open.
An essay for Metaphor as Metamorphosis.
July 2021.
In agreement with Dance4.
A performance at Dance4. Photo by Adam Grainger.
1st July 2021. Rachel Parry wrote a response here.
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Letters of Resignation.
A choreography course with Siobhan Davies Studios. February - June 2021.
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Presentation for 'Undoing the Institution' at the On Transversality digital conference.
10th Dec 2020. Full transcript here.
How have we been working together?
An text written and shared at Bidston Observatory.
August 2022.
Some propositions for a Center of Play
For Bahar Fattahi. March 2022.
On Late Harvest at One Thoresby Street
An essay published in New Critique.
December 2021.
Photo by Adam Grainger.
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Presentation for Practice Sharing, hosted by alys longley and pavleheidler at Choreographic Research Aotearoa, Waipapa Taumata Rau (University of Auckland).
17th November 2021.
Transcript available
Letters of Resignation - A Zine.
Materials from our choreography course with Siobhan Davies Studios. September 2021. Download here.
Presentation for Dance Research Matters.
C-DaRe, Coventry University.
27th May 2021. Audio only. Full transcript here.
Demons, linoprint series.
30 postal editions.
December 2020.
PhD Seminar introductory presentation.
Dance Department, Uni of Roehampton.
2nd Dec 2020. Full transcript here.