Rituals of Repair

Rituals of Repair is an ​evolving creative research project involving artists, film makers and choreographers led by Robbie Coleman.

The project is not about mending things – its about recognizing what is broken, flawed, fractured or conflicted and coming to a position where we can hold the contradictions and scale and our own complicity. It explores creating a place to stop thinking, a place where other gears are allowed to turn.

The first public edition of the project was an Open Day which ran on Sept 10th 2022 at The Old Debenhams Building, High St, Dumfries, and invited visitors to explore interactive sound and video installations and other creative works in progress.

Choreography Workshop

Running alongside, but separate to the open day was a choreography workshop led by dancer/choreographers Bill Coleman (Canada) and Claire Pencak (Scotland)


This workshop explored processes and practices for making new choreographies that allow us to stay dancing with the trouble. In the spirit of sympoesis or ‘making with’, participants collectively explored if a movement score could be created that could be shared and performed, as a way to create ‘Rituals of Repair’.

Booking was free and via Eventbrite : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rituals-of-repair-tickets-396131278317

Background to Ritual of Repair

We seem to be faced with a sense of almost continuous crisis, actual and existential. In the absence of any guidance that would either make sense of the situation or mitigate it in any meaningful way, what is the individual to do?

The project explores how we move through and within the world and asks if there is a physical practice that allows us time to consider and live with the complexity.

Can we create a choreography of optimism – explore the creation of a private practice that would, if not repair the world, at least realign our own relationships with it? And could this choreography be created in collaboration with others, but performed individually? A private observance rooted in a shared understanding that rights our sense of the world as it unravels around us.

The first stage of the project was been kindly supported by DGU’s Bright Sparks program and included collaborations between John Wallace, Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Alan Cameron, Bill Coleman and Claire Pencak.

Images from the Ritual of Repair Open Day

Images: Jo Hodges

Supported by DGU Bright Sparks Programme