The Global Underscore and Supporting Labs

With the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, with awards for Arts Participation and Dance Travel and Training, Bernadette Divilly has been immersing herself in the Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith, the originator of this container for research and play of contact improv.  For the first time in Ireland, we are going to participate in the Global Underscore this June. In preparation for the event, there will be two lab intensives before the event and one afterwards.


(CI) Dance Labs NSS Underscore – LABS as community research, composition, play and skills development.

Dates: Saturday 2nd, 9th 30th June 

Time: 2-6pm

Venue:St. Nicholas’ Primary School, Waterside, Galway City

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The Global Underscore is an annual event in which Nancy Stark Smith’s improvisational score, The Underscore, is practised all over the world. Take part in this global experience in Galway this June, guided by Bernadette Divilly. For more information on the history and evolution of the Underscore, click here.

Global Underscore

Date: June 23rd
Time: 3pm-7pm

VenueSt. Nicholas’ Primary School, Waterside, Galway City

Join at 12pm for talk through with guide lines (essential unless you have previous experience)

These workshops are free to the community but booking is essential. Please email

Galway Dance Project Supports International Contemplative Dance Practice Day  to celebrate Barbara Dilley’s 80th!


Tuesday March 13th 2018

Galway Times: 2pm- 5pm and 6pm to 9pm

Studio based in Galway City Westend

Booking Essential as spaces limited email or text 0851260931

First offered in 1980 by Barbara Dilley, Contemplative Dance is now practiced in its original and adapted forms all over the world. CDP brings together the discipline of sitting meditation with free movement investigations and the practice of improvisation. It is an opportunity to integrate outer and inner worlds, alone and together.

The practice begins with sitting meditation followed by personal awareness practice and then the group practice called “Open Space” occurs, where Deep Play unfolds! The session concludes with a closing circle for discussion and observations.

Facilitated by Bernadette Divilly who uses the practice into her work in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Socially Engaged Choreography.