Columbus, OH will be participating in the Global Underscore
What: The Global Underscore
When: June 24th, 2017
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: Sullivant Hall (studio tbd)
What is the Global Underscore?
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). In 2012, there were 70+ sites. Claire Filmon proposed the event to Nancy in 2000 from a desire to connect dancers all around the planet to dance and to compose together in the moment and organized it until 2010. Now Brandin Steffensen, Nancy Hughes, and Lucy Mahler organize it. To participate in an Underscore, one should have some experience of Contact Improvisation and attend a talk-through of the Underscore, which often takes about an hour.
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.
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 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.
A video of Nancy Stark Smith talking about The Underscore: http://nancystarksmith.com/underscore
For more details pertaining to the Columbus, OH site for the Global Underscore email April Biggs: firstname.lastname@example.org