The Showroom

Manual Labours: Thunderous grumbling under cover of darkness | Performance workshop

With choreographer Hamish MacPherson

Sunday 10 April 2016
Followed by exhibition closing event 3-6pm
To participate contact Hamish MacPherson


Led by choreographer Hamish MacPherson, this workshop explores how complaining can be embraced as a way not of fixing things but being together. An everyday ritual pushed to its extreme.

The workshop will involve simple collective activities like energetic shaking (within our own limits), moaning and whining. These will prepare the group for a final collective performance in an atmosphere of darkness and smoke.

This event is part of Manual Labours: The Complaining Body, a curated week-long programme of new commissions by artist Sarah Browne, choreographer Hamish MacPherson and writer Ivor Southwood presented by Manual Labours and The Showroom.

Manual Labours: The Complaining Body is the second stage of the practice based research project Manual Labours initiated by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards exploring people’s physical relationships to work.

This project is developed in partnership with The Showroom, London; In Certain Places, Preston and Movement and Division of Labour, Worcester, and supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, The Elephant Trust, The Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and Birkbeck University Widening Access.

To keep up to date or contribute to the project please email [email protected] or visit

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    Exhibition Manual Labours: The Complaining Body with Sarah Browne, Hamish MacPherson and Ivor Southwood

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    Audio Manual Labours: The Complaining Body: Sarah Browne in Conversation with Saoirse Wall

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