The paper notebook with its companion pencil or pen is a creative tool for many contemporary choreographers and their dancers. Using the notebook affords a relationship with a set of external objects inscribed “on the page” in the form of drawn sketches, notations, and diagrams combined with text (Blackwell et al.). This relationship can be described in cognitive terms, for example, where the page becomes a surrogate for working memory, or a way for seeing something new by modeling structures or processes. The notebook in this sense becomes a site for the encounter of cognition and creativity, providing a place for thinking generatively with external objects (sketches, notations, etc.), an idea this essay will revisit.
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