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At UQAM (local 4110) February 15th, March 15th, April 12th and May 12th (theory February 9th and June 8th)

Facilitated by Terhi Rasilo, Stéphanie Gaudreau, Delphine Marot and Lou Poirier in two step

Note : They have studied the Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith.

02. Nancy Stark Smith

Crédits : Carolyn Lee

1) INTRO AND THEORY FOR THE UNDERSCORE, the Sunday February 9th and June 8th
AT UQAM (local 4110), 2:45 to 3:45 pm
Cost : FREE

Theoretical presentation of the score and some laboratory.
Intended both for experienced dancers (review) and for beginning dancers discovering contact improvisation.
This is not a technical course of contact dance improvistaion.

Bring notebook and pen to take notes

2) PRACTICE OF THE UNDERSCORE the Saturday February 15th, March 15th, April 12th and May 12th
AT UQAM ((local 4110)), 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Cost : $7

Note :You must have participated in the theoretical introduction to come to this practice.

Bring your lunch and/or drink

More details : Link from Nancy Stark Smith

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—usually 3 to 4 hours in length—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 of the score—each with a name and a graphic symbol—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, and the environment. Each Underscore is unique, providing rich and often inspiring experiences of the human and artistic phenomena of dance improvisation.

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