Riffing, writing, realizing (Or, a simultaneous reflection on and re-entry into a particular score) | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2040-5669
  • E-ISSN: 2040-5677



This text is a simultaneous reflection on and re-entry into a research enquiry that revolves around the intersection of linguistic and kinaesthetic knowledges in a dance practice. It takes a somewhat autobiographical approach, partly to render the convoluted research process more transparent, and partly because the performative act of writing the unfolding of the process forms a key aspect of the text’s proposal concerning the iterative cycle of practice-based research. Following, reflecting on, and continuing the development of I Object Score – a score based around wordplay – this text employs processes of play and riffing as a means of embodying words both in dancing and writing. Delving into these processes across the different spacetimes of the studio, notebook, laptop, and moving-thinking-speaking-writing body, this text draws out the implications of understanding language as embodied and body as enlanguaged that emerged as being at the heart of the enquiry.


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Keyword(s): improvisation; language; play; practice-based research; scores; voice; wordplay; writing
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