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International Dance Festival

September 13th – 15th, 2019

 

Partnering Principles

with Marion Sparber
& Alan Fuentes-Guerra

13.9 Fr. 18:30 – 20:00
14.9 Sa. 14:45 – 16:45
15.9 So. 14:45 – 16:45

@ Gymhalle

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 during the task, not limiting ourselves 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 their 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.

This is a workshop open to all levels focussing on tools, games and Partnering technique. Dancers with more experience can continue after this class to the Shared Levitation Repertoire workshop in which the teachers focus on Choreography and the creative process of Partnering material.