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Motors of creation 2021

Conference of the Association of Dance Professionals of Catalonia (APdC)

Courses and workshops

Free with pre-booking

Through different practices, experiences and points of view, and with the aim of transversality and breadth, the Association of Dance Professionals of Catalonia (APdC) proposes a one-day conference to reflect on the creative process. This year the invited artists are Roberto Olivan, Mal Pelo, Juana Dolores and Verónica Hernández.

The conference is aimed at dance and performing arts professionals as well as anyone with an interest in dance and creation, even if they are not professionally involved in dance or the performing arts.

Motors of Creation is a conference devised by Jordi Cardoner, Mireia de Querol and APdC.



10:00 – 12:00 | Instinct as a source of movement, with Roberto Olivan. Sala Raval.

Roberto Olivan is constantly seeking the freedom to create new forms and refine his technique to develop a unique language that can be defined as his own style – a language characterised by speed and precision, among many other nuances of movement.

His workshop Instinct as a source of movement focuses specifically on generating our own creative material from our most innate and, in some way, most animal essence – our instinct. It is within this instinct that Olivan aims to set the baseline for developing our own creativity


12:00 – 14:00 | When the silence comes, with Mal Pelo. Sala Teatre.

María Muñoz and Pep Ramis, the founders of one of Catalonia’s most renowned contemporary dance companies, present a conversation about their stage language and creative processes, from the initial research in the studio to the final construction of the piece. Mal Pelo accompanies the conversation with videos of different creations and interactions to practice with the audience.


14:00 – 15:00 | Break

15:00 – 18:00 | She doesn’t sing or dance, but don’t miss it, with Juana Dolores. Sala Raval.

With a live Instagram feed, YouTube videos of dance classes, the fake New York Times headline that accompanied Lola Flores throughout her life and a coat rack with an outfit for each playback, She doesn’t sing or dance, but don’t miss it is a creation that, for three hours, in the virtual and material spheres, reflects on the margins of trial and error, as well as on the concept of “fakes” as a possible platform from which to execute artistic practices – legitimate, although perhaps not academic – when it comes to creating poetics of action and performativities of discourse.


18.15 – 18.45 | Liturgy, with Verónica Hernández. Sala Teatre.

Liturgy is a mass of the body. Spiritual rituals and the female body have always been the main driving forces behind the artist’s creations, which is why, in this celebration with Catholic roots, the body takes centre stage. Tradition and contemporaneity are presented from the same perspective and with the eclectic aesthetic characteristic of the dance company La Dama. The audience is invited to participate in this commemoration of life and is led on a journey to feel the ecstatic artistic experience of creation and reception, bringing them together in a single point.


19:00 – 20:30 | Round table: From the stalls. Sala Teatre.

Round table on creative processes with Roberto Olivan, Maria Muñoz, Pep Ramis, Juana Dolores and Verónica Hernández, mediated by Pere Faura. The participating artists talk about their work and artistic universe, and give their point of view on the arts of movement, in a dialogue that is open to the public.


20:30 | Closing aperitif


You can find more information about the conference and each of the practical laboratories at

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