He was born and lived until he was 9 years old in Schüttorf in Germany, moved to Évora and then to Lisbon, passed through London and now lives and works in Brussels since 2009. Luis Marrafa, graduated from the Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. In Brussels he is the artistic director of the dance company Marrafa company and of StairCase.studio Brussels where he also works as artistic curator. He creates and produces his own works as choreographer, performer and sound composer, being intuitively inspired by his experience and the multicultural environment around him.
Luis has been invited by several dance schools and professional companies as choreographer and dance teacher. Some of the pieces he has created: Efeméride, Functio, Hodierno, Anpassung, Soma, Marvel, Duplo, Folclore, Proxemics, Unstable, Transistor... And highlights, HOME - Selection Aerowaves twenty company in London 2016; ABSTAND - Nominated for the best choreography by the Authors Award SPA Lisbon 2014; Untitled - Best performance at the International InShadow Festival, Lisbon 2012; Coffee Loop - Nominated for One Film Festival in Gent, BE 2011; IIB - Selection for The Place dance school film in London, UK 2008 and Best dance video at the International Dance Festival, Almada 2009.
Through the invitation of the National Ballet from Portugal, the dance piece Snow will premiere on the 24th of September, 2021 in Lisbon. The Festival Temps D'images in Lisbon will present on the 12th and 13th of May 2021 the solo called Ghost, with the special attention of Alain Platel as artistic advisor.
He has collaborated with artists such as:
Alain Platel, Rui Horta, Luis Guerra, Karine Ponties, António Cabrita, Tânia Carvalho, Satya Roosens, among others.