[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Underscore Saturday 2/10 1-4pm

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Fri Feb 9 15:29:44 EST 2018

Dear Philadelphia Dance community,

You are invited to the Underscore TOMORROW, Saturday 2/10/18 1-4pm at Mascher
Space Cooperative. <http://www.mascherdance.org/>

The Underscore Practice is a simple and beautiful structure for a focused
jam-like practice developed by Nancy Stark Smith. The structure is a
precise, but open platform for investigation of contact improvisation and
solo and group improvised composition. The score is an organic
developmental nonverbal sequence that provides focus to the dancing
community and opens up possibilities for movement, awareness, connection,
and various physical/mental states. We commit to participating in the
entire score.

WHEN: *11:30am-12:30pm  Saturday, February 10, 2018*
WHERE: Steap and Grind Cafe <http://www.steapandgrind.com/>
1619 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
WHO: If you haven't had a talk through and would like to participate in the
Underscore, RSVP for this Talk Through by emailing LorenTeachesMovement@
gmail <http://goog_1249718405/>.com. This Talk Through is happening as
there were already positive RSVPs, but it is good to know to expect you.

WHEN: *1:00-4:00pm ** Saturday, February 10, 2018*
WHERE: Mascher Space Cooperative <http://www.mascherdance.org/>
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122

WHO: Any mover who has had an Underscore talk through may participate. If
you've had a talk through, you can come at 1:00 just for the practice.
If you have not participated in an Underscore talk through before, email
LorenTeachesMovement at gmail <http://goog_1249718405>.com to RSVP for the
talk through. The talk through introduces you to the structure of the jam,
so we can nonverbally follow the dancing journey together.
Underscore Talk Through and Practice facilitated by Loren Groenendaal

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS: https://www.facebook.com/events/334291467088297/

ADMISSION: $5-$15 sliding scale
No advance tickets. Pay at event.

Nancy Stark Smith, who originated the practice, describes it this way:

"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." (

This is NOT a come and go jam. Plan on committing to the whole session.
Built into this long duration, there is time for preparation and recovery.

As this is a long jam without coming and going, it is highly recommended to
bring SNACKS for yourself and ideally some to share with the group in the
Harvest and Thanksgiving time at the end.

It is recommended to bring a JOURNAL and PEN for reflection during the
score or learning the score in the talk through.

QUESTIONS: Email LorenTeachesMovement at gmail <http://goog_1249718408>.com


*Loren Groenendaal*
MFA in Choreography
BA in Dance and Visual Arts
Certified Movement Analyst
Freelance Teaching Artist as Loren Teaches Movement
Founding Artistic Director of Vervet Dance <http://www.vervetdance.org/>
Founding Member, Curator of Impermanent Society of Philadelphia
Founding Member, Board Member, Artist in Residence of Mascher Space
Cooperative <http://mascherdance.com/>

Accepting secure tax deductible donations to Vervet Dance through Fractured
<https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=8174#about_project> to
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