Comments on: Day 5 Working the gaps Dancing in a shaking world Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:31:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: e.claid e.claid Sun, 02 Aug 2009 06:59:01 +0000 Hey Wayne, great to have your comments to the blog.
Yes, I apologise for getting carried away with the myth!! I certainly didnt think you left the studio as a protest!
I have to say I was very impressed with your mythical directorial stance – I was kind a hoping it was true! There is something about a working pace as a choreographer, and if collaborators (dancers and all) are in a different place it can be hard to keep the spark alight each day. Having said that, these dancers are doing a pretty good job and there is a sparkling atmosphere in the studio.
It is great to work with Kerry and to see so much of your language through her. She is doing a magnificent job here, and her quality of delivery is one to admire! Take care, Emilyn

By: Wayne McGregor Wayne McGregor Sat, 01 Aug 2009 14:16:26 +0000 Dear E,

Its been with great interest and enjoyment I have read your daily blogs about Kerry’s process. This ethnographic approach to understanding the creative process is endlessly fascinating and I am delighted Kerry has someone so attuned to the making process from a choreographic point of view to write about her process so eloquently.

I think that watching other choreographers work teaches you so much about your own process, your own habits, it makes you question your own inter-personal skills, your own ability to mediate, communicate and engender a group productivity that is essential to a shared (distributed) process. I have recently been lucky enough to do this during my choreographic labs at the Royal Opera House — mentoring other choreographers evolve their own work — with me watching, noticing, learning.

That said, I did read an inaccuracy in your description of my working practice that I would love to clarify if I may. I have NEVER, in almost 20 years of dance making left a studio/rehearsal, let alone left because I perceived that the dancers were not delivering the ‘required’ energy, attention for the work. This is a RANDOM myth. Of course, all choreographers want dancers to come – every day in the appropriate “state of preparedness” for the work – more often than not they absolutely do. Some days, life gets in the way. For me too. But I would never lose my ever precious rehearsal time because of someone else’s ‘mood’. Its my job to inspire a change, work with it, or as a last resort replace the dancer. Certainly, I would not leave my own rehearsal as a method of protest.

It reminds me of a notice I came across recently at a school in the East of England. ~This laminated list of rules posted on the dance studio door set out 10 pre-requisites for entering the lesson and participating. Alongside the usual: remove your trainers, no drinks etc etc there were two very extreme instructions — you will be creative at all times and you will at all times give 100% commitment. A big ask for any human being………………..

Thanks again, looking forward to the next posts and love from Melbourne