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Practice of the Underscore by Nancy Stark Smith in two step

At UQAM (local 4110), SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2:30 to 4:00 pm
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2:00 to 5:30 pm

Practice of the Underscore by NANCY STARK SMITH
Facilitated by Terhi Rasilo and Stephanie Gaudreau

Note : Terhi and Stephanie have studied the Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith.

02. Nancy Stark Smith

Crédits : Carolyn Lee

AT l’UQAM (local 4110), 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Cost : $3

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

AT UQAM (local 4110), 2:00 to 5:30 pm
Cost : $7
Note :You must have participated in the theoretical introduction to come to this practice.

2:00 -Arrival.

2:20 Opening circle, preamble

2:30 Beginning of the Underscore

5:00 End of the Underscore, exchange and closing circle

5:30 End

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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