Roberto Olivan

Roberto Olivan


Art director, choreographer and dancer in Deltebre, Spain

About Roberto

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 ENCLAVE ARTS DEL MOVIMENT, to continue his research in all movement aspects. ENCLAVE produced the performances ‘Natural Strange Days’, ‘Landmark’, ‘Homeland’, ‘De farra’, ‘Mermaid’s call’, ‘Universal Melody’, ‘A place to bury strangers’, or ‘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 ENCLAVE ARTS DEL MOVIMENT. 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.
Furthemore, he is also the founder and artistic director of DELTEBRE DANSA FESTIVAL initiated in 2004.
ENCLAVE ARTS DEL MOVIMENT is an associated company to the Theater MERCAT DE LES FLORS in Barcelona.


** Taken from the article by Joaquim Noguero on Roberto Olivan from the magazine ‘Transversal.’

Name: Roberto Olivan

Lives in: Deltebre, Spain


Occupation: Art Director, Choreographer and Dancer



  • National Cultural Award (Catalunya, Spain)

  • Award ‘ACTE CULTURAL DELTEBRE 2011′ for the creation of FESTIVAL DELTEBRE DANSA.

  • Award FAD / SEBASTIÀ GASCH D’ARTS PARATEATRALS (Foment de les Arts i del Disseny)


  • Award ‘PRIX DE LA CRÉATION CHORÉGRAPHIQUE SACD’ (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, Belgium) for the piece ‘Natural Strange Days’.

  • Award Certamen Coreografico de Madrid por 'NATURAL STRANGE DAYS'

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