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GLOBAL UNDERSCORE 2022
Saturday, 25 June 2022
14:00–18:00 UTC (10:00 am–2:00 pm EDT New York)

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We dedicate Global Underscore (GUS) to Nancy Stark Smith, the creator of the Underscore, who passed on 1 May 2020. You can listen to the audio of Nancy’s memorial with many colleagues, family, and friends speaking about her and her work on Nancy’s website. Also, remembrances of Nancy are shared on Contact Quarterly’s NSS Harvest Facebook page.
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GUS MISSION & EVENTS

The GLOBAL UNDERSCORE (GUS) centers on a yearly dance event in which the Underscore is practiced simultaneously for a 4-hour period by people all over the world near the summer solstice (northern hemisphere). GUS hosts 4 events all together:

In addition, GUS sells kneepads and Mike Vargas’ 86 Aspects of Composition Cards and supports Underscore, Contact Improvisation, Contact Quarterly (CQ), and the legacy of Nancy Stark Smith.

You can participate by finding a GUS Site to dance at. You can join the “Catch-All” Zoom Site. You can join a site through Zoom, if the GUS Site is doing Zoom.

You can participate by facilitating a GUS Site for others to dance at. You can also participate in the 3 other events: In-Depth Talk-Through, Catch-All Zoom, Meta-Sharing.

For facilitators wanting to facilitate a GUS Site, there are 3 main Options for Participation: Full Score Practice, Modified Score Jam, and a Satellite (a solo person who is only tuning in to a smaller portion of the 4-hour GUS practice). Additionally, your site could dance non-synchronously, meaning not during the designated time. The conditions of your site could be inside/outside, Zoom/no Zoom, open/closed to others. For in-person GUS Sites, make sure you follow your local COVID safety guidelines. More Details

The “Catch-All” Zoom will be available for individuals and GUS Sites around the world to join as a global Zoom site. This is a possibility if you do not have a regional Zoom near you or if your GUS Site wants to connect with others through video.

For more information, please read all the parts of the About page.

Facilitators will receive a packet of information to support you and the dancers of your site. Dancers will receive information from the facilitators.

David Koteen: If you were to fantasize—in your dream of dreams—the effect of CI [Contact Improvisation] on Western culture, what will you project?

Nancy Stark Smith:
More peace.
Flexibility (improvisation) based on a direct sense of being on the physical earth, in your physical body;
communicating with respect, intelligence, curiosity, compassion, humor, and love across boundaries
(race, language, ideology, dance form, cultures, subcultures, generations).
Clarity, confidence, risk, respect.
And more: cooperation, imagination, vitality.
High art play, adventure in work, responsibility, and humor.
A sense of independence and interdependence.

from Caught Falling: The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas
by David Koteen and Nancy Stark Smith, 2008.

For the Global Underscore, we invite attunement
to the social, political, economic, and cultural realms
in which we each and others are situated
and in which we each and others practice the Underscore.
We invite awareness of oppression and inequity, acknowledging that oppression limits us all
and prevents some from participating fully, or at all,
in the Global Underscore, Contact Improvisation, and dance in general.

~ Patrick Crowley, Sarah Young, Colleen Bartley, Nicole Touzien, GUS Coordinators

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