Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 5 PM – 8:30 PM
The Underscore will be facilitated by Toni Craige, an experienced contact dancer and practitioner of the Underscore. Toni has been practicing the Underscore in Northampton, Massachusetts this past semester in a group led by Nancy Stark Smith and is excited to share her current take the practice.
Cost: With Talk-Through – $15-45, sliding scale (suggested amount, $30). Just Underscore $15-40, sliding scale (suggested amount $25). No one turned away for lack of funds.
* * * Dancers are asked to come on time and stay for the entire duration of the event* * *
* Talk-Through – 5:00-6:00pm (in yoga studio next door to LAC)
The Talk-Through is mandatory for folks who have never received a detailed Talk-Through of the Underscore, and suggested for anyone who wants a refresher. It will definitely deepen your experience to attend the Talk-Through.
* Underscore – 6:00-8:30pm – Please arrive on time and stay for the entire duration!
5:45-6:05 – Arriving physically and energetically – please arrive into the space in silence. Keep social talking in the lobby. Use this as a time to ground. Take care of payment and other needs so that you can be present.
6:05-6:15 – Assembly – Dancers introduce themselves and any “seeds” or intentions they wish to bring to the space.
6:15-8:00 – The dancing! – Remember that you are “always in” and contributing to the composition of the space. Toni will lightly guide the first few stages of the Underscore.
8:00-8:15 – Reflection/Harvest – Dancers can write, draw or process the experience in their own way.
8:15-8:30 – Sharing/Thanksgiving – Dancers reform in a circle and share about the experience.
The following text is pasted from the Global Underscore Facebook Page and applies to our practice as well.
The GLOBAL UNDERSCORE is an annual event in which the Underscore is practiced simultaneously for a 4 hour period by people all over world near the summer solstice (northern hemisphere).
The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. It has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe.
The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable.
The practice progresses through a broad range of dynamic states, including long periods of very small, private, and quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing.
There are 20+ phases, 12+ connections, and 7 aspects of the score—each with a name and a graphic symbol (glyph)—which create a general map for the dancers. Within that frame, dancers are free to create their own movements, dynamics, and relationships—with themselves, each other, the group, the music if any, and the environment. Each Underscore is unique, providing rich and often inspiring experiences of the human and artistic phenomena of dance improvisation.
For the sites that do the entire 4 hours and are dancing in the 4-hour time frame prescribed, they will face a site to their East near the beginning and at the end – doing a STAND, a small dance. This line of connection will circle the Earth about 6 times!