[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Underscore is tomorrow Saturday 2/29/2020 1-4pm

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 13:40:04 EST 2020

Dear Philadelphia Dance Community,

You're invited to the Underscore Practice on Saturday 2/29 1-4pm at the Mascher
Space Cooperative in its NEW location of 2519 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia,
PA 19133.

If you are new to this practice, you need a Talk Through. There will be one
11:30am-12:30pm on Sat 2/29 . Please RSVP by emailing
LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com or LorenGroenendaal at gmail.com.

Mascher Space has moved to 2519 Germantown Ave. This is across the street
from the Village of Arts and Humanities, near 10th and Cumberland.
If you want to take SEPTA, the 23 bus stops on this block. The Broad Street
Line subway stop at Lehigh Avenue is a few blocks away and is named "North
There is ample free street parking for those driving.

More information below:

Be in touch if you have questions.



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: Saturday, February 29, 2020 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Mascher Space Cooperative, 2519 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA
WHO: If you haven't had a talk through and would like to participate in the
Underscore, RSVP for this Talk Through by emailing facilitator Loren
Groenendaal at LorenTeachesMovement at gmail.com or LorenGroenendaal at gmail.com.

WHY: The Underscore Talk Through outlines the structure of the Underscore
Practice, so that participants are all practicing together and nonverbally.
The talk through also provides a common language and glyphs (symbols) to
use when reflecting on our practice in the concluding Thanksgiving and
Harvest. If you have not participated in an Underscore talk through before,
you should attend. The talk through introduces you to the structure of the
jam, so we can nonverbally follow the dancing journey together.

WHERE: Mascher Space Cooperative, 2519 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS:  https://www.facebook.com/events/193779538509825/

WHO: Any mover who has had an Underscore Talk Through may participate. If
you've had a Talk Through, you can come at 1pm for the practice.

ADMISSION: $5-$15 sliding scale. No advance tickets. Pay at event with
cash, check, or paypal

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.com or
LorenGroenendaal at gmail.com.

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