Zafrilla Olayo was born in Madrid and is based London. After realising extended studies in ballet, flamenco, folk and Spanish classical dances in Spain at Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid and independent studies with María de Ávila, she was awarded with a scholarship (SP & UK) to study completing BA (Hons) and PgDIP in Contemporary Dance and Performance from London Contemporary Dance School and MA Creative Practice from Trinity Laban/Independent Dance.

Zafrilla Olayo has also danced, performed and collaborated in the choreographic projects of Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark (Barbican Art Gallery), Tai Shani (Hayward Gallery), Pablo Bronstein (Tate Britain), Jonathan Borrow & Matteo Fargion (SDDS), Florence Peake (YSP Longside Gallery), Lina Lapelyte (DRAFT), DV8 (Tate Modern), Carolyn Roy (Roehampton University), Linda Remahl (Lapland Sweden site-specific),  Frauke Requardt (Sadler’s Wells, Young Vic and The Place Theatre), Franz Erhard Walter (London Frieze Art Fair), Theo Clinkard (UK tour), Aletta Collins (Opera North), Punch Drunk (site specific London), Cally Spooner (Serpentine Sackler Gallery), amongst others.

For 20 years Zafrilla Olayo has been leading dance and movement workshops for education, art and non-profit organisations; most recently facilitating movement studies to investigate notions of trust, communication and support at the Royal College of Art, the Royal  School of Speech and Drama, Independent Dance in London, Barn Bradenstoke in Oxfordshire UK, Conservatorio Profesional Superior de Danza de Málaga in Spain and The School of Hope’s international art program for young creatives. Margarita co-founded the experimental dance research platform Spirals & Horizontal Connections (2012/14) and artists collective La Ventana (2002/2004). She collaborated as ID Ambassador and volunteering with artist-led organisation Independent Dance (2011-2021).     

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