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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 with an undergraduate dance degree from Trinity Laban, returning to gain an MA in Dance Studies (Aesthetics, Choreography and Visual Design) in 2001. In 2009 she completed the Living Anatomy course at the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust (CTET) and went on to qualify as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist with CTET in 2010. 

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 works at Trinity Laban Health as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist as well as having a private practice in Oxford. Marina has taught movement research for dancers and bodyworkers 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 and Educational Background  

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Dance at Laban.

Teaching Experience 

Marina has extensive teaching experience in professional and educational settings both nationally and internationally. She has taught both professional classes and company classes 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 classes and performance projects 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.

Alongside this, Marina teaches workshops in collaboration with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Steve Haines in London and in Zurich, at the Da-Sein Institut. She has also assisted on Body Intelligence’s undergraduate training for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists. 

Creative Outputs

Solo work:

Most recently Marina has been making a solo work, And so It Goes On,  created in support of Chisenhale Dance Space Refine Residency. The piece will be performed in France this summer. Her 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.

Creative Residencies:

Marina has previously taken part in PAL Choreographers Lab at Bore Place, where she worked with artist Anna Best and composer Paul Whitty. This led to further collaboration 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 a summer collection commission in 2006 at The Clore Studio, Royal Opera House.                        

Educational Commissions:

As well as her teaching work Marina has worked on several choreographic commissions for final year students at a number of dance conservatoires. Commissions include London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, INTOTO  Dance at London Studio Centre (part of the University of the Arts).

Marina was an associate artist at Bath Spa University 2004-2006 and has also made works for Coventry University and Roehampton University.