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A Tribute to Michael Donaghy 1954-2004
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A tribute to Niki Pollard
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A text cannot be created simply out of lived experience. A novelist writes a novel because he or she is familiar with this kind of textual organisation of experience.
– Walter J. Ong

Rosemary Lee and Niki Pollard    
How to hoard: writing field notes of rehearsals

A walk to Iken

Niki: These were some of the writerly difficulties we found entailed by co-authorship. More radically, though, we could only write what lends itself to writing – that is within the tropes and genres we had to hand. Again, ethnography is usefully clear about this issue: one student text, for example, puts it that an ethnographer learns to see and hear in terms of written description, s/he ‘experiences events as potential subjects for writing’.

In the introduction to Beached II, we wrote that we were curious about studio decision making, of tactics in collaboration, of associational memory and of the pacing of intervention, of how Rosemary and the dancers searched the ebb and flow of movement improvisation, conversation, nuance and association for elements to net verbally, perceptually and somatically. We are now beginning to speculate, though, as to how the curiosity that motivated us to write was in turn motivated by our sense of what a notebook could hold. This enquiry is ongoing. In the next audio clips, Rosemary is thinking aloud about how what she sees in the studio as a choreographer is structured by how she uses her notebook as a tool for that choreography.

Rosemary: bullet arrowNotebook page

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Niki: When she said this I was struck that Rosemary wanted to use as few words as possible in her notebook record – quite the opposite of ethnography’s preference for textured, ‘thick description.’

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