COC 6/6

The Choreography of Care  

The Choreography of Care (6/6)

Care is listening deeply. Care is compassionate. Care is actively bearing witness. Care is self care. Care is nurturing. Care is anticapitalist. Care is rebellion. Care is
truth. Care forgives. Care is life-giving and life affirming. Care is gentle. Care is change. Care is love.

mayfield brooks


Care is the practice of tending need and desire. 

Julia Watts Belser

Care is being seen and understood.

Asad Ullah, Scottee & Friends

Care is trust, balance, boundaries and limits. 

Jen Smethurst, Scottee & Friends

Care is sometimes with a small c.

Scottee & Friends


Care is often like a rope in a
closed circle that if pulled on one side retracts on the other: is it possible to change the rope of caring into a rubber band, so that it can be extended without restricting it at other points?

Alessandro Schiattarella

Care is stepping back when you need me to, care is rushing
in when it’s right. Care is an intense listening, care is taking
time. Care is everything moving in all directions, all the time,
forever. Care is just being still.

Fevered Sleep




Care is to be able to use fiction(s) in order to take one to places
where they cannot physically reach anymore.

Liz Rosenfeld / Rodrigo Garcia Alves


Care is Necessary.

Zwoisy Mears-Clarke

Care is space.
A space to feel you can be authentic.

Sam Buttery, Scottee & Friends

See You Soon

We hope you have enjoyed these provocations around care and getting to know a little about the artists that will be part of
The Choreography of Care symposium. Having been postponed due to the pandemic, the symposium is now due to take place at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, from 21.03. - 23.03.2022.
We hope you can join us there to continue the conversation.


Take care,
Claire, Luke and Bethany


Notes on Design

The pink ink stamps you’ve seen throughout these issues are marks made with the rubber ferrules (feet) of Claire’s crutches. The background textures are taken from images submitted by each contributor to accompany their written text.

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Claire Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use / misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not
only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

Luke Pell

Fascinated by detail, nuances of time, texture, memory and landscape Luke Pell is an artist based in Scotland who makes work across forms, through conversation with people and place, imagining alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living.

Bethany Wells

Trained in architecture, Bethany Wells is a designer working across dance, theatre and installation, with particular interest in site-specific and interdisciplinary work. Bethany Wells’ work is a form of spatial, social
and sensory activism,  exploring what can be achieved politically and socially by the collective live experience of performance. Bethany Wells believes in the power of collaborative process to open up space and time to new possible realities, and the power of performance to move, shape
and question our individual and collective experiences.


The Choreography of Care

Claire Cunningham, Bethany Wells und Luke Pell