Margarita Zafrilla

Research Lab | Wednesday 5 July | 10am - 12 noon
For this research laboratory, I will be working with some of my current movement investigations in the form of an experimental dance presentation. I will be voicing and moving some of the submerged fictions that keep me alive, the survival of being a dancer. I’m hoping that this can generate shared energies and transmissions, bridging new and restorative conceptions of what our dancing can move.
Other moments during the session will be guiding and being guided by visuals, dances, scores, questions and calls.


Margarita Zafrilla Olayo is a dancer working in creating, preserving, renewing, continuing, extending, moving, challenging, sharing, advocating and caring for humanitarian choreographic practices, social sensibilities and cultural understandings across the visual and performing arts contexts, education and beyond.

After realising extended studies in ballet, flamenco, folk and Spanish classical dances in Spain, she received several awards, from Spain and UK, to study completing a first class BA (Hons) and a postgraduate diploma in contemporary dance and performance at London Contemporary Dance School. Since 2014 she is Master in Creative Practice, with distinction, at Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her work has been presented in Spain, Argentina, Germany, UK, France and Japan. In 2012-14 co founded collectively an experimental dance research platform called Spirals & Horizontal Connections.

She has danced in the projects of Trisha Brown (Barbican Art Gallery), Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion (SDD Studios), DV8 (Tate Modern), Tai Shani (Hayward Gallery), Pablo Bronstein (Tate Britain), Florence Peake (YSP Longside Gallery), Franz Erhard Walter (Frieze Art Fair 2014), Lyna Lapelyte (DRAF - David Roberts Art Foundation), Eva Recacha (CQD Festival, Spain tour), Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg (UK tour), Theo Clinkard ( UK tour), Punch Drunk (site specific, London), Richard Alston Dance Company (NYC and UK tour).
She was born in Madrid and is based in London.