Margarita Zafrilla Olayo’s TiLTING VERTICALITIES extents the language of choreographic practices drawn from the artist’s lived experience as a dancer; an spatial meditation in direct relation to others, liberating a pre-linguistic form of knowledge. Like in dancing, moving collaboratively, the work redefines the unifying act of peaceful engagement through touch.  

Zafrilla Olayo has created and produced herself a body of large-scale painting and sculpture pieces made of natural rubber, echoing the healing and restorative qualities of latex to rubber trees. They are organic forms for the public to inhabit. Caring and holding each other, this gathering offers new perspectives to bring one's equilibrium into balance.

 A work conceived as a collaboration, extending the balancing forces in one’s own body, counterbalancing with others, moving and being moved simultaneously, as well as in relationship with the choreographies and architecture of each given space. Each loop sculpture & elastic painting is the documentation of the performance and becomes an object of the experience that can resonate into the future.


Within this immersive interaction as moving painting, sculpture and choreographic experience, Margarita Zafrilla Olayo together with 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 and dance meditation, in which to experiment in the interior of this artwork and large loop of stretched fabric with another person. Holding together and supported by the artwork, the experience becomes a communication through movement itself – playing with the plasticity of our own structural tension, inclinations and orientations, moving and being moved in direct relation to each other, sharing ground. And with the conversations emerging from moving together.

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

Beyond this immersive choreographic participatory experience, movement, painting & sculpture, TiLTING VERTICALITIES invites us to re-animate and sustain dances, rituals, and different dimention of being, holding and caring together.

TiLTING VERTICALITIES public performance was premiered alongside the Venice Biennial 2019 by invitation of James Putnam, independent curator, writer and former founder curator of the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme. With original composed by Meilyr Jones, Timothy Cape, Peter Bellchamber


TiLTING VERTICALITIES has been shared through cultural public programs, community projects, research and educational contexts, including groups and individual workshop sessions.

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