Luis Marrafa, born and has lived in Schüttorf, Germany. Moved to Évora in Portugal and after to Lisbon, passed through London and at the moment lives and works in Brussels since 2009. Luis from an early age has shown skills and passion for drawing and dancing, but drawing was his first strong attempt, as a child some of his works won prices and had invitations for school expositions and some events. He got in at the arts school Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. He quit when he saw an inspiring performance “Pixel” from the Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta. After that Luis took a step into dance, he received a degree at Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. He is the cofounder of MARRAFA company and the dance space StairCase.studio in Brussels. Luis is inspired by his surroundings, experiences and different cultures, creates his own works as a choreographer, dancer and music/sound composer. Luis has been teaching in professional dance schools and dance companies.

Prices and recognitions 
HOME (Selected as a Aerowaves Twenty Company for 2016).
ABSTAND (Nominated best choreography through Authors Award SPA) - 2014 - Portugal.
Untitled (Best Dance video through the International Festival InShadow) - 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal.
Coffee Loop (Dance video in collaboration with the filmmaker Bernardo Camisão, was  selected for the Grand Final Ghent, Cinema Sphinx) - 2011 - Gent, Belgium.
IIB (Dance video in collaboration with the filmmaker António Cabrita, won the award for best picture through the VII photo contest in Barreiro, Portugal in 2008. And the best  dance video in the International Dance Festival in Almada, Portugal in 2009).

Up coming creations: 
2019 - Hodierno 
2018 - Anpassung 
2018 - fast Jane and slow John, they should never marry or work together 

Past creations:
2017 - Soma
2017 - Marvel
2017 - Duplo
2016 - HOME
2016 - Folclore
2015 - Proxemics
2014 - ABSTAND
2014 - Disquiet (dance video) 
2012 - Untitled (dance video) 
2012 - Transistor
2012 - escape & light night
2011 - Coffee Loop (dance video) 
2009 - Unstable 
2007 - IIB (dance video)






Rehearsal for "fast Jane and slow John, they should never marry or work together"




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Marvel (teaser) 
Premier on the 29th and 30th of September 2017 in the International Dance Festival - Quinzena de Dança de Almada

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HOME in Brussels in the Cultural Center of Westrand, 2017

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Rehearsal day through an internship with Jessica Morgado & Catarina Gonçalves


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Video documentary by Derida Dance Center from Sofia, Bulgaria

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FOLCLORE a dance piece for the students of Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon, 2016

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SOLO.HOME

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everyday robots

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HOME in Culturgest in Lisbon, 2015




How to become ‘home’? The idea can be paradoxical - home is solid in our memories, but its colours fade and we forget details over time. Our bodies adapt to new places, new rules - we thrive on curiosity. HOME takes all these ideas and draws on the deep-rooted experiences of five dancers, creating a detailed, agile and rhythmic dance vocabulary driven by a pulsating, urgent soundscape composed by the choreographer. 


H O M E ' RTP  TV channel 



Entrevista por Cláudia Marques Santos/IF YOU WALK THE GALAXIES 
http://ifyouwalkthegalaxies.com/



A B S T A N D

“People like to keep certain distances between themselves and other people or things. And this invisible bubble of space that constitutes each person’s “territory” is one of the key dimensions of modern society.” (T. HALL, Edward) 



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P R O X E M I C S

How to manage the feeling that, under certain circumstances, people can effect you and what you are doing? The more close you are to someone the more personal rhythms changes. In proxemics, it will be particular how 11 persons pay attention to this feelings and unconsciously they discover a different space and spatial behaviour. (Luis Marrafa) 




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NEW AGE NEW TIME


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U N S T A B L E
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SPA 2014
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY NOMINATION  BY AUTHORS AWARD SPA 2014


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