Roberto Olivan
Founder and artistic director
Demanding and meticulous to the bone, his passion for creating movement as a representation for the most ethereal and deep emotions marks his heartbeat.

An international creator, he began his training at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at P.A.R.T.S. at Brussels. Roberto is the director of ROPA / Roberto Olivan Performing Arts, a Performing Arts company that was born in Brussels in 2001 and currently has its headquarters at L’Obrador, Espai de Creació, in Deltebre. Likewise, he directs the Deltebre Dansa festival, an international event held annually since 2004 and of which he is also the founder.

He began his career as a professional dancer working in the prestigious Rosas company, directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and has danced under the direction of renowned creators Robert Wilson, Tom Jansen and Josse de Pauw. Roberto’s international career is very versatile. In addition to ROPA / Roberto Olivan Performing Arts’s own productions, Roberto has established himself as a choreographer and dancer, creating commissions for dance companies, universities, schools, conservatories and dance centers around the world, as well as in the field of cinema.

In the teaching field, Roberto teaches classes and workshops all over the world. He has been the artistic director of important cultural events and a member of the jury in several dance competitions. He has participated in sectoral meetings of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya and is part of the Consell Assessor for Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya in the Terres de l’Ebre area.

An intense career recognized worldwide: special mention at the Critics’ Awards 2019 (Catalonia), Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) 2019 for the Deltebre Dansa festival, Deltebre Culture Award 2017 for the Deltebre Dansa festival (Catalonia), Award National Culture Award 2014 (Catalonia), Ciutat de Barcelona Award 2013 (Catalonia), FAD Sebastià Gasch Award for Arts Parateatrals 2012 (Catalonia), Deltebre Culture Award 2012 for the Deltebre Dansa festival (Catalonia), SACD Award for Création Chorégraphique 2001 (Belgium) and the SACD 2001 Contemporary Creation Award from the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Belgium), in addition to several nominations.