Marina Collard

Tutor - Release-Based Technique, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Dance
Laban Building

Tel: +44 (0)20 8691 8600




Marina Collard graduated from Trinity Laban and returned to gain an MA in Dance Studies (Aesthetics, Choreography and Visual Design) 2001. In 2010 she qualified as aBiodynamic CraniosacralTherapist training from CTET after also completing the Living Anatomy course in 2009.

Marina has danced for Kim Brandstrup and theatre director Deborah Warner, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Carol Brown Dances, Candoco Dance Company, Florence Peake, Sarah Warsop and Tony Thatcher among others. She is continuing to work as a dancer and rehearsal director for Joe Moran and is currently dancing for Gary Lambert.

As a dance maker, Marina is interested in collaborating with artists from other disciplines and has a long-term creative partnership with filmmaker Tom Paine, creating a number of live and video works shown in the UK and Europe. She recently collaborated with dance artist Kate Johnson to create Body in and as Space for TripSpace Projects in collaboration with the Hayward Gallery, London. Marina has collaborated with ceramicist Claire Twomey in Piece by Piece at P3 Gallery London, visual artist Antonia Bruce and composer Paul Whitty among others. Current collaborations include The Stillness Project with photographer Rachel Cherry (Catalyst Digital Artist Award), writer Gemma Seltzer and a new research project with Kate Johnson.

Alongside her career in dance, Marina has been working at Trinity Laban Health as their Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist as well as having a private practice in Oxford. Marina has taught movement research for dancers and body workers for Independent Dance based at Siobhan Davies Studios. She has set up a movement research group with Francoise Wright-Brown, Kirsty Alexander, Kathy Crick and Steve Lane. Marina’s treatment approach is informed by her career in dance and her own experience of receiving a wide range of treatments throughout that time. 

Qualifications / Educational Background  


Marina has studied both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Dance at Laban.


Teaching Experience 


Marina has extensive teaching experience in professional and educational settlings both nationally and internationally. She has taught professional classes and company classes both and been sent by the British Council to teach in India, Russia and Canada. Marina has been a visiting lecturer at Trinity Laban, teaching technique and choreography for 15 years and for the past 8 years has been involved in the MA Choreography programme. At London Contemporary Dance School, she has taught technique and performance project to undergraduates and is often involved in teaching and externally assessing the postgraduate performance course, Edge. Other institutions where she has worked include Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Central Saint Martin’s (Design for Dance Module), Centre National de Dance Contemporaine (Angers, France), Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore India.

Marina has been teaching workshops in collaboration with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Steve Haines in London and in Zurich at the Da-Sein Institut for the past 2 years. She was an assistant on the undergraduate training for BIodaynamic Craniosacral Therapists with Body Intelligence 2013/14. 


Creative Outputs


Marina has been making solo work. And so It Goes On, created in support of Chisenhale Dance Space Refine Residency, will be performed in France this summer. The previous solo, Still Going, a collaboration with Tom Paine, has been performed in several venues in the UK and will be performed at Gati Dance in Delhi this summer.

She has taken part in PAL Choreographers Lab at Bore Place with artist Anna Best and composer Paul Whitty and collaborated with these artists in residency at Beaconsfield, Vauxhall. Other residencies include Sound Moves, choreographic residency at The Place and PAF in Reims France. Marina has received a number of commissions including The Clore Studio, Royal Opera House summer collection commission 2006                           

Marina has had several commissions from dance conservatoires to work with final year students. These colleges include London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban, INTOTO at London Studio Centre, part of the University of the Arts. She was associate artist at Bath Spa University 2004-2006, and has also made works for Coventry University and Roehampton University.