Bristol CI Sunday Class & Jam: The Underscore


5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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

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DMAC Dance Studios, Hamilton House
Facilitated by Agnieszka Grenckowska
£9 or book on MoveGB – please book both class and jam events as this week they are combined.
Please arrive on time.

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.”

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 at 5:00 pm for those who are unfamiliar with the Underscore (must attend!).

The old and new Underscore practitioners will come together at around 5:30 pm in the Assembly (first stage) followed by a Small Dance and next stages of the Underscore.

There will be live improvised music from Mike McClellan on violin and loops.