Affecting effects towards peaceful states

TiLTING VERTICALITIES is a collective experience related to the feeling of movement which seeks to build trust and connection in physical proximity and the spaces we share.

This innovative artwork invite us to step inside and explore notions of equilibrium, trust and support — generally shared with and for cultural public programmes, research and educational contexts, and group and individual private sessions.

Margarita Zafrilla Olayo’s TiLTING VERTICALITIES extents the language of choreographic practices drawn from the artist’s lived experience as a dancer. Expanding the balancing forces in one’s own body, we counterbalance weight with others, moving and being moved together and simultaneously.

A work conceived as a collaboration, Zafrilla Olayo stages a celebration of movement's changing state. The movement in question is the internal dialogue implicit in the existence of all things; a place of resilience, vitality and healing capacity that occupies our bodies.  

“In TiLTING VERTICALITIES movement acquires the most subtle tonalities of a painted work, as discrete bodies produce an almost static, delicate choreography, balancing the acts of holding and letting go.”

— Mara Polgovsky, Art Historian and Filmmaker,
Birkbeck, University of London.

An spatial meditation in direct relation to others and liberating a pre-linguistic form of knowledge. Moving collaboratively the work redefines the unifying act of peaceful engagement through touch.  

Zafrilla Olayo has produced a body of large-scale sculptural pieces, natural rubber bands painted with organic forms for us to inhabit. Caring and holding each other in a peaceful and unifying act of engagement, the performance offers new perspectives to bring one's equilibrium into balance. 

Counterbalancing forces are at play through the experience of the physical-self in motion; as well as in relationship with the choreographies and architecture of each given space. Each loop sculpture is the documentation of the performance and becomes an object of the experience that resonates into the future.

Within this immersive interaction as moving sculpture, a group of dance artists develop the proposal in which the audience are invited to participate and/or witness the action.

For those who may like to take part actively, it involves a simple movement ‘score’, or instruction, in which to experiment within an artwork and large loop of stretched fabric with another person. Held and supported by the artworks and fabric, the experience becomes a communication through movement itself – how to stand, how to balance together and how to play with structural tension, inclinations and orientations, moving and being moved in direct relation to each other and sharing ground.

For those watching, the work offers sculptural and poignant images, as the participants negotiate interdependence, harmony, affect and anchoring.

“TiLTING VERTICALITIES enacts a place of rest and support that is radically mutual. We sense and negotiate our own and one another’s weight and energy, and the ground, to find safe places off the vertical where we can hang out, snuggle, stretch and play. This piece - whether observed as sculpture or experienced from within - unfolds the delicacy, vitality and strength of embodied interconnectivity.”

— Lizzy Le Quesne, dancer and writer

Beyond this interactive painting, sculpture and participatory performance, TiLTING VERTICALITIES invites us to re-animate and sustain dances, rituals and dimensions of being and place.

TiLTING VERTICALITIES was premiered alongside the Venice Biennial 2019 by invitation of James Putnam, independent curator and writer and former founder curator of the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme. 

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