Olga de Soto is a choreographer, dancer, and researcher. She was born in Valencia (Spain) and currently lives in Brussels (Belgium). She graduated from CNDC / Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers, after having studied classical ballet, contemporary dance, and music theory in her native country. As a dancer, she has worked with choreographers such as Michèle Anne De Mey, Pierre Droulers, Felix Ruckert, Boris Charmatz. For five years, she has also been the choreographic assistant of Jérôme Bel and performer in his The Show Must Go On.
Olga began creating her own choreographic work in 1992, exploring different formats in numerous pieces. Since the end of the 1990s, her choreographies deal specifically with the role of memory in live art, questioning its value and lasting quality along two lines of research. The first centers on the study of physical memory through a pluralistic approach to dance and the body, in works such as anarborescences (Théâtre de la Cité internationale, Paris, 1999), Éclats mats (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2001), and INCORPORER ce qui reste ici au dans mon cœur (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2004-2009). The second axis explores works from the history of dance from the perspective of the perceptual memories of both spectators and dancers. The resulting projects, such as histoire(s) (Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, 2004), An Introduction (Tanz Im August, Berlin, 2010), or Débords (Festival d’Automne, Paris, 2012), deal with documentation, testimony, archives, oral sources, narrative, and storytelling. Her recent work mixes the languages of choreography with those of documentary, performance, visual arts, and installation, playing with the porousness of those disciplines.
Olga’s choreographies have been presented in about twenty countries and she is regularly invited to teach at universities and lead workshops.
In 2013, de Soto was awarded the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers - SACD Prize (Belgium), in the category of Performing Arts, for her artistic trajectory as well as her creative research on dance history, especially her work on Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table.
Cyril Accorsi, Albane Aubry, Florence Augendre, Fabian Barba, Alessandro Bernardeschi, Filipa Cardoso, Edith Christoph, Maria de Dueñas Lopez, Talia De Vries, Stefan Dreher, Vincent Druguet, Pascale Gigon, Hanna Hedman, David Hernanez, Stéphane Hisler, Jaime Llopis, Roser Malagarriga Roselló, Mauro Paccagnella, Meri Pajunpää, Sylvain Prunenec, Alban Richard, Enora Rivière, Françoise Rognerud
Thierry De Mey, Stéphan Dunkelman, Michael Jarrell, Denis Pousseur, Fausto Romitelli, Frederic Rzewski, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Stefano Scodanibbio, Aliocha Van der Avoort
Gérard Buquet, Mario Caroli, Michaël Frohnmeyer, Garth Knox, Yutaka Oya, Jean-Pierre Peuvion, George Alexander Van Dam, Takashi Yamame, Sachiko Yoshida
Florence Augendre, Edith Christoph, Carlos Pez, Françoise Rognerud
Set designers & constructors
Louis Broothaers, Marion Gizard, Shizuka Hariu / SHSH, Daniel Huard, Anne Mortiaux, Yann Stroobant, Thibault Vancraenenbroeck, Patrick Vandewyer, Sophie Whettnall
Dorothée Catry, Micha Deridder, Nathalie Douxfils, Isabelle Lhoas, Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Geni Diez, Henri-Emmanuel Doublier, Gilles Gentner, Philippe Gladieux, Laurence Halloy, Sarah Scouarnec, Gaëtan van den Berg, Thomas Walgrave
Sound, video and stage
Julien Courroye, Eric Desjeux, Didier Demorcy, Mathieu Farnarier, Christophe Gualde, Pierre Gufflet, Daniel Huard, Julien Lamaze, Clément Marie, Bram Moriau, Benoît Pelé, Gaëtan van den Berg, Eric Vanden Dunghen, Aliocha Van der Avoort
Julien Contreau, Montxo de Soto, Octavio Iturbe, Aliocha Van der Avoort
Catherine Alvès, Maite Arberas Arza, Gautier Deblonde, Montxo de Soto, Olga de Soto, Stanislav Dobák, Pierre Grosbois, Laurent Lafolie, Jorge León, Dolorès Marat, Dylan Perrenoud, Chester Pinto, Grégoire Romefort, Mila Ros, Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Administration, Production & Distribution
Anne Bautz, Matilde Cegarra, Mirabelle da Palma, Jill Demuelenaere, Edith Depaule, Florence Francisco (Les Productions de la Seine), Anne-Mathilde Guérin, Quentin Legrand, Tiphaine Marcq, Christophe Slagmuylder, Lut Vandekeybus, Claude Véron, Ecaterina Vidick (Caravan Production)