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 balances in dances across practices, contexts and art forms. She is an artist working with dance and performance, choreographic projects and objects, film, and installation. Works include: TILTING VERTICALITIES, 58th Venice Art Biennale; Shape Shifting, Hungarian Cultural House, Buenos Aires AR; WithNoTitle, What is Performance Philosophy? Staging a New Field, University of Surrey, UK; words, crawl, bells, round, Spirals & Horizontal Connections, Independent Dance, London; Figuration, DARC, Documentation Action Research Collective, London; The Floating Book, artist own studio. Yo Soy La Desintegración, Tanzinitiative, Hamburg and at the European School Exchange, PACT Zollverein, Essen, GER; After Netherworld, Galería Pasaje 865, Buenos Aires; Civilised Chaos, Cityscapes—City of London Festival, London; Itenarium and Two ones, here and there, Resolution Festival, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London; commission artist for Louis Vuitton, Osaka, JP.

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 (SP), she received a scholarship (Spain & 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.

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

She has danced and collaborated in the choreographic projects of Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark (Barbican Art Gallery), Jonathan Borrow & Matteo Fargion (Siobhan Davies Dance Studios), Linda Remahl (Arvidsjaur and Tarendo), Fred Gerhig (Chrocane Theatre), Florence Peake (YSP Longside Gallery), Tai Shani (Hayward Gallery), Pablo Bronstein (Tate Britain), Lina Lapelyte (DRAFT), Carolyn Roy (Roehampton University), Pepa Ubera (Sadler's Wells Theatre), 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 project), Cally Spooner (Serpentine Sackler Gallery), amongst others.