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Luke Jessop


Marion S. & Alan F. G.

Shared Levitation


We start the class by opening our channels of awareness and connecting 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 playfulness 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 in 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.


Marion Sparber

Originally from South Tyrol in Italy, Marion is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Berlin, Germany. She received her 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 Europe, America and South America, Canada, and Asia, a.o. at Deltebre Dansa (Spain), B12 Festival Berlin, TanzAHOI Festival Hamburg, Sozo Vision in Motion (Germany), Atlas Festival, Camp In, La Cantera, Encuentros Mutantes (Mexico), Vim Vigor Workshop New York, Diavolo Company LA, Flow Movement Colorado, Athletic Playground San Francisco (USA), Circuit Est (Canada), Performact, Lagos Sea Dance (Portugal), Marameo, Tanzfabrik, Dock 11, Danceworks, Etage, Seneca (Berlin, Germany), Tanzcompagnie Rostock and Stadttheater Bielefeld, Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, Kari-Tanzhaus, Profitraining Freiburg, Profitraining Leipzig, DancePAT Munich, Tanz s.a.l., Yizong Bagua Köln, Tanzfaktur Köln, Volkstheater Rostock, Stadttheater Bielefeld (Germany), Tanzhaus Zürich and Profitraining Basel (Switzerland), Oliva Dance Project (Italy), Cyrculacje Festival and Sfera Ruchu Festival (Poland), Academy Dancer Russia, Summer for friends and at the University of Dance of St. Petersburg (Russia), DASS, Summer Intensive (Portugal), La Machine Festival, Espacio Nómada (Costa Rica), Festival Nómada (El

Salvador), Guatemala, Goa Contact Festival, Play Practice (India), Descalzinha Danza and Varium (Spain). Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as Francisco Córdova/ Physical Momentum in the piece "To be", Stella Zannou in the piece “Strange”, Sonia Rodriguez, performing “Mabel”, ADN-Dialect in the pieces “Zeitzone”, “Urban Shaman and “L’affaire Wettstein”, Eldon Pulak in "The Wetting Party" and as a guest dancer of Weedance Company. Her solo work "The Ripe and ruin" and her group pieces „Big boys don't cry“, "Shell Shock", "Nefelibata", "Acacia confusA", "Ohne Zwei", "Porzellan-Haus", "Eight" and "Impromptu" have been performed internationally at several theaters and festivals. In 2014 Marion was part of “EX-IN”, a one-month intensive workshop with David Zambrano learning Flying Low and Passing Through Technique, and took many years of seminars practicing and teaching this technique.

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's in Contemporary dance. Currently, he is based in Berlin and is researching improvisation and theater showing a strong connection with physical dance and movement. After graduating he could gather performing experience with several choreographers and companies: in the piece „Myth“ by Karolin Stächele with performances at E-werk Freiburg, Germany, „Ohne Zwei“ with performances at Lichthoftheater Hamburg, Vierundeinzig, Innsbruck Austria, Alps Move Festival Italy and Acker Stadt Palast Berlin, „Porzellan-Haus“ with Marion Sparber, performing internationally in many festivals and venues, „Shell Shock“ by Marion Sparber, performed at Tanzherbst Kempten and Alps Move Festival, Italy, performing in „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, in the piece „Zeit-Bild“ by Etienne Gilloteau at the Tirol Festival, Hall, Austria, „4 visiones de paraíso“ by Cecilia Lugo danced at OC OHTIC, Merida, Mexico, and in the piece „Cristalino 9o cielo“ by Miguel Mancillas, Onésimo González shown at Guadalajara, Mexico. Alan was teaching espaciocontinuo and Shared Levitation together with Marion Sparber in following schools and festivals: Dock 11, Marameo, TanzRaum Wedding, Etage, Fabrik Potsdam (Berlin), Cyrkulacje Festival, Rozbark en motion, Sfera Ruchu (Poland), Deltebre Dansa, Descalzinha Danza (Spain), Profitraining Freiburg, Yizong Bagua, Tanzfaktur (Cologne), Tanzcompagnie Rostock and Stadttheater Bielefeld, Kari Tanzhaus (Kempten), TanzAHOI Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Lagos Sea Dance (Portugal), Nijmegen and Arnhemse Meisjes - New Seeds (Netherlands), Sozo Vision in Motion (Germany), Goa Contact Festival and (Play Practice Artist Residency (India), Flow Movement (Colorado), Diavolo Company (LA), Athletic Playground (San Francisco, USA), La Cantera, Encuentros Mutantes, Camp In (Mexico), Nómada Festival (El Salvador), Espacio Nómada (Costa Rica) and Guatemala.

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