The Underscore 5:00 - 8:30


5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


DMAC, (4th Floor) Hamilton House
80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

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This week it is The Underscore for the whole evening. £9, or book on MoveGB.

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Facilitated by Agnieszka Grenckowska with live improvised soundscapes from Mark Smulian

5:00 to 8:30
£9 or book on MoveGB

This Sunday we will gather with no clear idea of what will come together out of us actively initiating ways to interact in movement and changing states of energy, making an ever emerging composition .

We will have a frame of the Underscore to support us, within which relaxing, efforting, intensifying, letting go, moving from fluids, tracking space with parts of our body are all compositional choices.

*The CI is a conversation of the two bodies in a physical contact playing with physical forces that govern the body.
** The Underscore is a framework for practising Contact Improvisation Dance in its broader applications, invented by Nancy Stark Smith. It offers an opportunity to express the felt kinesthetic selves and the artistic compositional selves as dancers improvise and create movement together and in and out of relation to the whole.

“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.” (Global Underscore blog).

It is a long dance improvisation score and usually takes 3-4 hours. We are going for a 3.5 hr timeframe, inclusive of approximately 30 mins talk through the score for those who are unfamiliar with the Underscore (must attend!).
Then at around 5:30 we will all come together at around 5:30 pm in the Assembly (first stage) followed by a Small Dance and next stages of the Underscore.