Margarita Zafrilla

Class Description | Morning Class | 21 - 25 October 2019
This week dances, balances and rebalances, with structured improvisations and compositional play, individually, partnering and group interplays. We will be calling for grounds of own support and sharing its knowing by inviting our dancing bodies, taking place, multi tones, moving expressions from the vitality of our own internal ‘songs’. We will be coupling these explorations with the immediacy, inclusive, directive and sensitive distinctions that dance and somatic forms, listening practices and tactile research may offer.
Drawing both from my own and other artistic practices, experiences and reflections as a dancer, we will be weaving movement conversations with the fabric of our dances, stepping together in and out of a choreographic object material —a fabricated elastic rubber band, interdependent and suspended between two or more of us— communicating through our vertical stands, expounding different structural tensions, inclinations, orientation and impressions. Affecting effects, towards peaceful states.


Margarita Zafrilla Olayo dances across practices, contexts and art forms. She is an artist working with dance and performance, choreographic projects and objects, film, and installation, grounding herself on questions on how our bodies are transformed by movement.

After realising extended studies in ballet, flamenco, folk and Spanish classical dances in Spain at Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid and after independent studies with María de Ávila in Zaragoza (ES), she received a scholarship (ES & UK) to study completing BA (Hons) and a postgraduate diploma in contemporary dance and performance at London Contemporary Dance School. Since 2014 she is Master in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice at Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Her work has been presented at the 58th Venice Biennale—GAD Giudecca Art District and Gervasuti Foundation; What is Performance Philosophy? Staging a New Field—University of Surrey; Spirals & Horizontal Connections—Independent Dance; DARC—Documentation Action Research Collective; Glamour—Tanzinitiative; Cityscapes—City of London Festival; European School Exchange—PACT Zollverein; Resolution Festival—Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

Margarita co-founded the experimental dance research platform Spirals & Horizontal Connections (2012/14) and La Ventana (2002/05), a dance performance collective company. Since 2011, she collaborates as ID Ambassador and volunteering with artist-led organization Independent Dance. Her teaching experience includes Conservatorio Profesional and Superior de Danza de Malaga, the Royal College of Art, Royal School of Speech and Drama and Spain.

She has danced and collaborated in the choreographic projects of Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark (Barbican Art Gallery), Jonathan Borrow & Matteo Fargion (SDDS), Fred Gerhig (Chrocane Theatre), Linda Remahl (Lapland Sweden site-specific), Florence Peake (YSP Longside Gallery), Tai Shani (Hayward Gallery), Pablo Bronstein (Tate Britain), Lina Lapelyte (DRAFT), Eva Recacha (Spain tour), Frauke Requartd (UK tour), Franz Erhard Walter (London Frieze Art Fair), Theo Clinkard (UK tour), DV8 (Tate Modern), Aletta Collins (Opera North), Punch Drunk (London site-specific), Cally Spooner (Serpentine Sackler Gallery), amongst others.