Paul is undertaking a PhD with the University of Roehampton and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, running from October 2020 to September 2024.
On this page, you can find various materials – talks, texts, artworks – that have been developed through this publicly-funded research.
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 these practices to reflect on our understanding of and participation in institutional structures.
In the first half of the PhD, Paul maintained a research blog – taking the form of 'open letters' to his supervisors – to keep track of current interests and preoccupations. You can find them here.
He is now developing the final thesis, which will take the form of a series of open letters to peers and collaborators who have engaged with this research project.