Roberto Olivan

Dance is the most flexible way of communication we can articulate. A dialogue without words that is able to say it all.
Roberto Olivan

Olivan’s tour around the world has clearly marked his way of understanding it. The contemplation and study of movement have led him to propose a more intimate universe through quality creations. Olivan is an open and questioning creator who constantly pursuits between the established and the insurgent. His love for taking risks makes him create continuous re-encounters between the old and assumed signs with the emergence of a new logic that is used as a mechanism to transgress the limits.

This international creator started training at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. The Belgian capital was the key point that strengthened his artistic career. His career as a professional dancer started at the influential ROSAS dance company, directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. He also performed under the direction of renowned directors such as Robert Wilson, Tom Jansen and Josse de Pauw.

Currently, Roberto is the director of the dance company ROPA / Roberto Olivan Performing Arts, created in Brussels in 2001. He is also the artistic director and founder of Deltebre Dansa festival, an international event that has taken place annually since 2004. More recently, in 2016, Roberto Olivan opened and became the artistic director of l’Obrador Creation Space, a space dedicated to contemporary artistic creation focused on movement arts.

Olivan has been commissioned by dance companies, universities, dance institutions and schools all over the world. His career has been very versatile. In recent years, he has been teaching at different institutions around the globe and has worked as a choreographer and performer in the film industry. 

Roberto has also been the artistic director of important cultural events and part of the jury at several dance competitions. In addition to this, he has also participated in meetings related to the dance field held by the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya and he is a member of the Consell Assessor de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya in les Terres de l’Ebre region, overseen by the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia, Spain).

His career has been internationally recognised. He has received the following awards: Special mention at Premis de la Crítica d’Arts Escèniques 2019 for Deltebre Dansa festival 15th anniversary (Catalonia, Spain), Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) 2019 to Deltebre Dansa (Belgium), Premi Cultura Deltebre 2012 and 2017 (Catalonia, Spain), Premi Nacional de Cultura 2014 (Catalonia, Spain), Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2013 (Catalonia, Spain), Premi FAD Sebastià Gasch d’Arts Parateatrals 2012 (Catalonia, Spain) and Prix SACD de la Création Chorégraphique 2001 de la Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Belgium), among other nominations.