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WORKSHOP 3: 22 - 24 JULY

Marion Sparber

 

Originally from South Tyrol in Italy, Marion is a professional dancer/instructor based
in Berlin, Germany. She received her professional dance training at Varium in Barcelona
and Iwanson Contemporary Dance School in Munich. As a teacher she has been working
in several schools and festivals in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Russia, Portugal, Poland,
Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers
and companies such as Francisco Córdova, Physical Momentum, Stella Zannou, Sonia
Rodriguez, ADN-Dialect, Eldon Pulak and Weedance Company. Her solo-work "The Ripe
and ruin" and her group-pieces "Shell Shock" and "Impromptu" have been performed at
several theaters and festivals in Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
She is co-founder of the KpiqA-Collective and CuerpOCOllectivo and performed the duets
“Eight”, „Porzellan-Haus“, „Acacia confusA“ and the trio "Nefelibata" in Spain, Italy, Poland,
Switzerland, Russia and Germany.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
“I teach Contemporary dance training with emphasis on floor work. We start the class by
opening our channels of awareness. The warm-up is focused on passing through the whole
body and expanding our flexibility and strength. We use the playfullness in our movement to
connect to the natural flow of breath. With the help of exercises in different constellations –
in a group, with a partner and alone – we listen to the weight of our body and direct it through
space. An important aspect of the training is the attention to the momentum in movement
and on integrating changes of dynamic and musicality in short movement phrases. As
techniques of inspiration for my class I use a lot the principles of Flying Low technique by
David Zambrano as well as release technique mixed with my personal investigation. I like to
establish a collective mind and body inside the class to enhance the group power giving an
energetic push to the individual source of creativity.”

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Partnering Workshop with Alan Fuentes-Guerra and Marion Sparber
“We start the class by opening our channels of awareness and connect to our partner by manipulating, testing and speculating with his/her 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 play-fullness allows us to connect to our instinctive and primitive 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 and suspend each other. We like to focus on an organic way of Partnering, based on action/reaction principles inspired by Contact Improvisation and Fighting styles. 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 at the end of each class.”

Alan Fuentes-Guerra

 

The Mexican 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. Currently he is based
in Berlin and is researching in improvisation and theatre showing a strong connection with
physical dance and movement.
After graduating he could gather performing experience with several choreographers
and companies: in the pieces Shell Shock and Impromptu by Marion Sparber, performed
at Tanzherbst Kempten (Germany) and Alps Move Festival (Italy), performing All Things
Considered by Ralf Jarochinsky at TanzHerbst Kempten, Fragile Matter by Christine
Gouzelis at the Battery Dance Festival, New York, Ubuntu by Sita Ostheimer at the
Arab-Jew Community Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, and many more. 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION  
„‚Espaciocontinuo’ makes a reference to the idea that we live in a world of constant
change. Therefore we, as dancers, should be aware of this fact and allow our perception
to be open and ready. Our attention needs to be sharp and we must be prepared to
accept the change and go with it. I like teaching Contemporary dance technique with
an emphasis on floor work; with the purpose of applying the sensations harvested
from the floor into a vertical standing position. Activeness and strong physicality are
important to me, so I keep an alert-open-sensitive state during the entire class.

We start the session by warming up our whole body as well as our mental attention
towards it. The beginning of the class is focused on amplifying the range of motion
of all the articulations in the body from smaller to bigger, mixed with a playful way of
working on strength and flexibility. The next step in the development of the class is in
acknowledging and directing the breath, which should be connected to the movement
of the body itself. In this way, we create a continuous flow that is intended to stay
along the class. Improvisation, partnering, space awareness, attention of our body
and attention to others are mandatory elements to every performer, so I make specific
emphasis on developing these skills as part of the training. All in the end, espaciocontinuo
is intended for the dancer to develop helpful tools in the path of self-expression!”

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