50111-004-B29FBB40 Current Projects 50111-004-B29FBB40

We Happen To Be Dancing

A new collaboration with Orley Quick. Working their way through a careful and indulgent selection of borrowed choreographies from YouTube, the duo (re)consider  their relationships to dancing, composition, authenticity and one another.



An intervention into the peculiar dynamics of ‘the dance scene’. I attend dance performances ‘incognito’, in wig, overcoat and sunglasses. This unconvincing disguise only increases my visibility; raising questions about the role of presence and participation in a small dance scene. Incognito persists as a strategy to protest of the banalities of professional obligations to attend, to speak, to be seen.


The title is the date

A collaboration with Channing Tatum. Each week of 2019, a new photo-collage will be available to download as a desktop background. Working with strict formal constraints, each week is an intervention in the last; a choreography of body, object and space within this digital frame.

More info soon.

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50111-004-B29FBB40 Things I’d like to make but can’t prioritize right now 50111-004-B29FBB40

Forty or so dances, some better than others

A solo practice and improvised performance exposing a bare process of dance and thought.

What Have I Got To Show For It? asked how I could maintain a professional choreographic practice: this project delves into my uncertain relationship to dancing. How, when and why might I continue to dance?

Set within a field of tangled microphone cable, I introduce to myself and my audience a series of dances. Observing my emerging movements, gestures and positions, both dancer and viewer sit with the question: ‘is this good dancing?’. The ensuing improvisations unfold from this attention, through processes of delving, refining, persisting, developing, transforming, struggling, testing, settling, or quitting.

Performance: Sam Pardes
Dramaturg: Paul Hughes

Initial R&D with the support of Sheffield Theatres.

40 dances


Arrangements is a durational solo performance by Sam Pardes and Paul Hughes, in which a figure continually reorganizes a collection of found objects. With each repositioning, a new logic becomes apparent. The unpredictability and rebelliousness of these materials cause problems for the rule at hand, forcing the performer to resort to increasingly unlikely solutions.

Performer: Sam Pardes
Choreographer: Paul Hughes

Initial R&D with the support of Sheffield Theatres.