Maintaining Spectacular Non-Progress

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic speaking engagements


This panel discussion was part of the series Crossing Borders that is run by Independent Dance and supported by Roehampton Dance Department. Panellists were were Nicola Conibere, Marina Collard and Henrietta Hale. The event was attended by approximately 30 people, a mixture of dance-artists and researchers and wider members of the public.The event brought together two projects that have followed very different paths towards questions of labour, maintenance, visibility and time.Nicola Conibere introduced her current practice-research project House Services. This research explores notions of the body in states of excess, and is created at a time of national austerity. Working with a range of collaborators, this research has led to questions about acts of maintenance, wasted energy and proposals for not progressing.Marina Collard and Henrietta Hale questioned how the mundane everyday maintenance of our lives can become reframed within a practice of artistic enquiry. They discussed Dream Clean Clean Dream focussing on cleaning, its choreographic and aesthetic potentials as well as the inherent gendered political issues of an unseen workforce. A video project that examines the running of a B& B in France they aim to raise questions, such as where does the dirt go, how much of ‘clean’ is an illusion, are we erasing traces of previous lives?The full discussion is publicly available online.
Period23 Oct 2018
Held atIndependent Dance, United Kingdom


  • Choreography
  • Maintenance
  • Cleaning