Global Underscore Berkeley 2017

You are cordially invited to participate in the Global Underscore 2017 in Berkeley, CA.
Date: June 24, 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00am-11:00am
Location: Finnish Hall (1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, CA 94702), Upstairs “Meeting Room”.
Talk-Through: June 23, 2017 (Friday), 11:00am-12:00pm.  
Talk-Through Location: TBA (in Berkeley).

For the past 16 years, the Global Underscore event has been taking place near the summer solstice.  Conceived and organized by French dancer Claire Filmon for 10 years, the Global Underscore is an annual event during which dancers at many sites around the world practice the Underscore simultaneously.

Nancy Stark Smith will be in Viljandi, Estonia hosting an Underscore there on June 24 from 5:00-9:00pm (GMT+3).

We enthusiastically invite you to join us physically and energetically in time and space!

NOTE #1: Please note that participation in the Underscore requires attendance of a Talk-Through beforehand.  If you've never attended an Underscore, please come!  As Nancy says, "You can't do it wrong."  However, in order to reap the amazing benefits of this practice, please attend the essential Talk-Through if this will be your first time participating in the Underscore.  Contact us at for the location of the Talk-Through taking place on Friday, June 23, 11:00am-12:00pm.

NOTE #2: The container of the Underscore asks that people “stay in” and be present for the entire practice (7:00am-11:00am).  Please come with the intention of being on time and staying until the end.

The Underscore is a framework for practicing and researching dance improvisation that Nancy Stark Smith has been developing since the early 1990's.  It is a score that guides dancers through a series of "changing states," from solo deepening/releasing and sensitizing to gravity and support; through group circulation and interaction, Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation with compositional awareness, and back to rest and reflection.

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Donation requested: $10.  Talk-Through is free!

The Global Underscore in Berkeley will be facilitated by Jun Akiyama.  He was part of the Glimpse project in 2012 (San Francisco), 2014 (New York), and 2016 (Seattle) under the direction of Nancy Stark Smith to research the dance improvisational structure of the Underscore and to present the work in a series of performance installations.