Renowned contact improvisation teacher, writer, and editor Nancy Stark Smith calls this exercise "a Solo Mini Underscore". You will need about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time as well as a notebook and writing device. We would like you to share your SHARING/THANKSGIVING in a video response on youtube (see below).
If you want to know more about the Underscore, you can start to learn about it by watching Marlon Barrios Solano's Interview with Nancy Stark Smith or by reading NancyStarkSmith.com/underscore
Harvesting - first round
longing for 3 hours of this -
accompanied by thunder clap
tottering - floor uneven, I roll up/downhill feeling my weight in concert, like being on a suspension bridge - so in synchrony as to go with wind and sway, together, high above water, falling into the sway of the bridge, not away
finding a duet with the leg and rim of a folding stool - poised balance between us - again tottering -
the floor beckons the whole time - foreground and background shifting constantly
it is over, but I am just getting started
repeat again tomorrow - with video. gratitude for etude
"I feel my body full of vibrations, tensions but I'm lying on the floor. The wood takes this away, the wooden floor gives me all I need. Now I can touch this silly moving chair with my head, I can rest my head on it. Then I start to move in this weird place. I climb on one of this heavy furniture. Did I ever tried this before? It was nice, resting my belly and pelvis and seeing everything from above. Then comes this chair, not the one with the wheels, the wooden one! I can slide on its back, I can curve and disappear in it. I can hang on it and stretch my back a lovely stretch, until I realize there are other chairs I can walk between them and beneath the table, I can roll and somersault. But I go back to /MY chair. Not under it, not on it but above it, almost hanging up there like if it is the highest building I have never been on top. All those trees, have always been there, this voice from my screen accompanied me in discovering, like a child. a little forest of furniture where I have lived many many years."
Thank you !
length approx. 19 minutes
Page from note book harvest:
words read: landing, height, textures, spirals inward, telescope trees, roots
Dancing with the objects in my room, I like this. The objects in my room now somehow have become more alive and I have found movement in these solid objects.
I realise some of the same patterns arise in me as with a connection with another person but there is no question - is it me? is it them? Its all me.
I should spend more time dancing with chairs..
"I should spend more time dancing with chairs.." I kind of have the same thought! :-)