Spanish by origin, he studied at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Belgium. Roberto performed under the direction of renowned directors such as Robert Wilson, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (ROSAS), Josse de Pauw and Tom Jansen.
In 2001 he formed his own company, the ROBERTO OLIVAN PERFORMING ARTS, to continue his research in all movement aspects. His company produced the performances ‘Natural Strange Days’, ‘Landmark’, ‘Homeland’, ‘De farra’, ‘Mermaid’s call’, ‘Universal Melody’, ‘A place to bury strangers’, and ‘Lonely Together’ among many others. Since the very beginning, what is reflected in the creations of Roberto Olivan is its singular vision of dance and the need to establish a dialogue with other artistic disciplines. (…) ” Roberto Olivan is the Catalan choreographer and Director of ROBERTO OLIVAN PERFORMING ARTS. He lives in Spain but works predominantly all over the world. Olivan’s work manages to bind together these seemingly opposing cultural influences, using a mix of artistic languages to create primeval, organic physical theatre full of wonderful contradictions. It is rooted firmly in his own origins and experience, and colored by those of the performers with whom he creates. 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 and energy of circus with the harsh reality of the world in which we live. The result is a genuinely stimulating celebration, fantastical yet somehow heartfelt and down to earth.” **
He has created choreographic works for the Korean National University of Arts – KNUA (South Korea), CEPRODAC Company (Mexico), DE HELLING Musiektheater (Holland), VERTIGO Dance Company (Israel), Iceland Dance Company (Iceland), Galician Choreographic Centre (Spain), E.S.A.C. – Ecole Superiore des Arts du Cirque (Belgium), CODA 21 (Puerto Rico), National Dance Company (EL SALVADOR) and DADA VON BZDÜLÖW (Poland) … among many others.
Furthermore, he is also the founder and artistic director of DELTEBRE DANSA FESTIVAL initiated in 2004.
** Taken from the article by Joaquim Noguero on Roberto Olivan from the magazine ‘Transversal.’
MASTER WORKSHOP: CHOREOGRAPHY & IMPROVISATION
DATE: 27 – 28 MAY 09:30 – 17:30
Performed by Roberto Olivan
DATE: 1 JUNE
VENUE: 5F Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
MASTER WORKSHOP | Instinct as a source of movement
This is an intense and dense group dynamic class. It is about energy, about constantly challenging your limits. Understanding what defines you as a dancer and pushing those boundaries over and over again. Allowing the environment to influence your dancing skills, refining tools to create new movement qualities and new rhythms. Digging deeper inside the range of your own personal dance vocabulary, becoming anyone or anything. Working with partnering, multi- directional micro- narrative movement to transforming as a whole group. Learning how to effectively be unpredictable, how to recycle energy, how to use the body as your primary tool. I guarantee a new process of study in which I go as a teacher and guidance parallel to your learning process and makes you do the step of digesting the work to get a completely new level.
PERFORMANCE | VULNERABLE
Concept & Direction – Roberto Olivan
Performed by: Roberto Olivan
Music by Laurent Delforge
Being vulnerable is not the same as being weak. There are people who try to be invulnerable precisely to protect themselves, to defend themselves from being attacked in moments of weakness or simply in moments that show we are not infallible. It seems a very logical position since vulnerability is the ability to be physically or morally injured. However, what is logical, curiously is what least works. And this case, I do not think it’s any different. Someone who is not vulnerable to any circumstance seems to us little human, distant, far from us. It is as if the armor used to protect yourself prevents from seeing the person behind you. However if the person lets me see his vulnerability I can get to identify with it as it shows its human side. This vulnerability creates empathy, creates intangible bridges of connection between people. Being vulnerable is not the same as being weak, it is simply admitting that we are human. Moreover, I believe that admitting our vulnerability is an act of strength of character and courage.
Vulnerable Video LINK