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summer | main event
running from the 1st to the 30th of july 2023
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b12 summer main event— // —
location: eden***** studios
Marion Sparber & Alan Fuentes Guerra
founders of Shared levitation
shared levitation partnering
We start the class by opening our channels of awareness and connect to our partners by manipulating and testing with their structure and weight. A special focus, in this phase, is the use of our whole body doing the task, not only being limited to our hands and arms. In this first part the use of playfulness allows us to connect to our instinctive side, tuning into a shared natural flow of breath. With the help of exercises in different constellations, every time changing and adapting to a new partner and universe, we listen, follow and direct the movement as one functioning organism through space. We get ready to jump, cross, push, pull, avoid, embrace, carry and suspend each other. We like to focus on an organic way of Partnering, based on action/reaction principles inspired by contact improvisation, acrodance, social dances and fighting techniques. We like to access the movement from a perspective of a deeper connection and try to avoid the superficial habit of copying shapes. Instead, we motivate every couple to find a unique way of communicating with the partner and look for individual solutions and variations of the material. Another important aspect of our class is the constant change of the level of activity for both roles. We learn how much resistance, power and direction is needed to reach our maximum together by investigating with the given tools, and finally learning fixed partnering material. (extracts of our duet Porzellan-Haus at the end of each class.)
please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2023. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.
biography / Marion Sparber
originally from italy, marion received her professional dance training at varium and iwanson school. since 2014, marion has received funding as a choreographer from south tyrol to create and develop her own work. many of marion's choreographies are a playful connection of highly physical dance, dance-theatre, live-music as well as photo- and video installations. her work has been performed at several international theatres, site specifics and festivals in europe, south and north america, as well as in asia. She recently premiered her new piece, stilles ich, for the tanzcompagnie volkstheater rostock. marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as francisco córdova, stella zannou, sonia rodriguez, adn-dialect and eldon pulak. as a teacher, she has been working in several schools and festivals around the world, enjoying the inspiration she gets from the exchange of ideas at b12 festival, deltebre dansa, tierras en danza, iwanson, tanzahoi, circuit-est, atlas festival, camp in, la cantera, encuentros mutantes, vim vigor, the playground ny, diavolo company, performact, pera, aorca, marameo, tanzfabrik, sozo visions in motion, tanzcompagnie rostock, bielefeld and braunschweig, of curious nature, profitraining freiburg & leipzig, dancepat, tanzfaktur köln, tanzhaus zürich, profitraining basel, oliva dance project, goa contact festival, play practice artist residency, academy dancer russia, la macchine, festival nómada, and descalzinha danza.
biography / Alan Fuentes Guerra
the mexican choreographer, dancer and teacher received his education in dance at the academy sead salzburg, austria, studying at the post-graduate program, bodhi project, and at the epdm in mazatlán, mexico, receiving his bachelor in contemporary dance. since 2017, alan has been based in berlin and is researching improvisation and theatre, showing a strong connection between physical dance and movement. after graduating, he gathered performing experience from several choreographers and companies, such as karolin stächele, marion sparber, ralf jarochinsky, christine gouzelis, sita ostheimer, etienne gilloteau, stephanie felber, cecilia lugo, francisco córdova and miguel mancillas. as choreographer, alan created several pieces alone, and in collaboration with marion sparber, with performances in several festivals and venues across europe, asia and the americas. alan was teaching his contemporary class espaciocontinuo and shared levitation partnering together with marion in several companies, schools and festivals all over the world: b12 festival, deltebre dansa, marameo, cyrkulacje festival, rozbark en motion, sfera ruchu, descalzinha danza, profitraining freiburg, tanzfaktur, tanzcompagnie rostock and stadttheater bielefeld, performact, tanzahoi, aorca summer intensive, arnhemse meisjes, sozo vision in motion, goa contact festival, play practice artist residency, flow movement, diavolo company, athletic playground, la cantera, encuentros mutantes, camp in and nómada festival.
shared levitation is a platform for performance and training in contemporary dance and partnering. it was founded by marion sparber and alan fuentes guerra in 2017. shared levitation partnering is based on the principles of action – reaction, and aims to liberate the participants from aesthetics of dance and enhance playfulness and functionality, instead; an easy way to get excited again and again and to lure out the inner child. in addition, shared levitation tries to eliminate prejudices regarding gender, body type, weight, and age. anyone can be lifted and lift! within the work of shared levitation, marion and alan have taught in over 70 festivals, schools, dance-centres and companies, all over the world, and have created work for descalzinha danza, pera gau university of cyprus, aorca summerlab and kunsthumaniora antwerp. Partnering as direct feedback: Dancing with one or more partners, we learn a lot about ourselves. Similarly, in floorwork, we receive direct feedback immediately, but in partnering it is coming from a living person. We are confronted with another body, mind, emotions, background, experience, and can ask ourselves numerous questions as we work with a partner: Are we clear with our impulses, directions, and motivation? Can we let go of fears and trust issues? How do we negotiate in moments when elements don't work out and grow in them? Can we achieve the goal of understanding, supporting, and working together, and acknowledge that we must work as a team?
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