Roberto Olivan is a Catalan artist based in Barcelona. He studied first at Institut del Teatre (Barcelona, 1992-1994) and then at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels, 1994-1996). He is the choreographer and Director of Enclave Arts del Moviment and the Artistic Director of the festival Deltebre Dansa. He lives and works predominantly in the disparate cities of Brussels and Barcelona. His latest work, A Place to Bury Strangers will be shown in Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) in 2013.
Throughout his career, Olivan has been a guest choreographer at Coda21 Dance Company, Cressida Danza, Artesis Antwerpen Conservatory, Contact Dance Company, KLUB ZAK, SEAD, Theaterschool Amsterdam, Iceland National Company, and E.S.A.C., amongst others.
He was recently done artistic assistance to Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker during the re-creation of Drumming in 2012. He has also been a dancer for Rosas in many occasions: Great Fugue in 2004, In Real Time in 2000,Achterland and I said I in 1999, Drumming and Woud in 1998, Just Before in 1997.
While living and studying in Belgium, he danced in a P.A.R.T.S. reprise of Trisha Brown's Set and Reset in 1996, and in 1995 was the artistic director of Robert Wilson's Prometeo in La Monnaie, Brussels.
He has received numerous awards, such as the Certamen Coreografico de Madrid for Common essence in 1996, the Prix de la création choréographique 2001 SACD for Natural Strange Days, and the Sebastià Gasch d'Arts Parateatrals in 2012.
Although well educated in many forms, in the art of control and precision, Olivan works not with the intellect, the head, but with emotion, physicality and love. He seeks to make his work accessible to audiences, combining the power of energy of circus with the harsh reality of the world in which we live.