Jerri Daboo

A blog of my journey and experience as a performer recovering from a double hip replacement

I spent many years as a performer and director, working in theatre, dance, movement, yoga, and martial arts. In 2001 I began experiencing pain in my hips which got steadily worse. This was diagnosed as osteoarthritis caused by dysplasia and Ehlers Danlos hypermobility type. Over the next 18 years I became increasingly immobile, in severe pain, and changed from being a physical performer, to living with a disability. In August 2019 I am having a double hip replacement, and this blog will chart the journey of my recovery as I learn to live with a different body. This will be a personal journal of reflections on my embodiment and experience, charting the progress of my recovery, and exploring a creative way to write and present my changing body and life.

  • Walking on Knives

    August 1, 2019 by

    In 2000, I choreographed a piece of dance theatre based on themes and ideas from the story of the Little Mermaid. I called the performance ‘Walking on Knives’, as in the story, when the mermaid gave up her tail to get legs, she experienced terrible pain through her middle, and ‘every step she took was… Read more

  • Tomorrow…

    December 9, 2019 by

    The second hip replacement is scheduled to happen tomorrow. As it’s been postponed several times, I’m going to hold out believing it’ll happen until they’re doing the spinal anaesthetic! The thought of going through it all again makes me feel anxious, but also I’m just keen for it to be done. The other thought is… Read more

  • Delays and Dreams

    December 1, 2019 by

    The second operation was due on 29th November, but a few days before the hospital phoned to say it had been postponed to 10th December. This couldn’t be helped, and they’ve tried to do their best to fit me in on the next soonest date. But I still found it hard to deal with this.… Read more

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