The Global Underscore is organized for people who know Contact Improvisation and the Underscore. However, in an effort to include others who are not as familiar with the Underscore, or cannot organize people to join them, there are three possible levels of participation one can choose in joining this practice. Please read the descriptions below to determine which of the three forms of participation best suits your community:
A. Full Score Practice
You are a community of dancers in which every dancer present is a part of a serious exploration of the ideas/perceptions/principles operating in Nancy's Underscore and Contact Improvisation. This probably means that several of you have studied and/or practiced the Underscore with Nancy directly or with someone else who has.
Since the event, for you, is about practicing the Underscore, even 1 or 2 dancers who are not familiar with this score will change the experience of the practice. Please feel free to set limits based on experience, to offer talk-throughs (see Talk-Throughs below), and to contact us with any questions.
B. Modified Score Jam
You are a community of dancers who have various levels of experience with Contact Improvisation and the Underscore. You may have one person who has studied with Nancy or has done an Underscore, but in general your experience as a group is in jamming and exploring CI and improvisation. You might feel more resonance with a more open participation.
For example, you might open and close with the Small Dance in connection with the other Underscore sites. In the dancing section, you might warm-up individually, circulate a bit, find a first partner for a contact improvisation dance, and then move into an Open Jam format. You might even end together at the global "Final Resolution" time, take some time for personal reflection, rest, or warm-down, and then have a circle of sharing at the end. This closing circle might not necessarily be a Harvest in terms of the perceptions of Nancy's score, but would be a rich way of sharing your experience.
You want to participate but are unable to for any reason: you are alone, you have an obligation, etc. You might join us for the opening and/or closing Small Dance (both would be great!) to sort of "click-in" to sense the dancing and to give your support. You know enough about the Small Dance to be able to explore it support deeply for that brief shared time. Also, satellites may be a "Full Score Practice" that are doing the practice at a different time (earlier or later) than the designated time.
In keeping with the oral tradition of the Underscore, we encourage facilitators to offer "talk-throughs" before the Global Underscore to introduce newcomers to and refresh experienced Underscorers with the language, glyphs, and structures of the Underscore. We ask that all participants of the Global Underscore be familiar with the practice ahead of time.