creation area

Since its foundation in 1997, the Creation Area of eCdC, whose Direction is in charge of Álvaro Restrepo and Marie France Delieuvin, contributes to the artistic and cultural development of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia and the world through its processes of creation, production and the consolidation of a repertoire of Contemporary Dance. The professional and the pedagogical dimensions strengthen mutually, permitting the egresses from the Formation Area, to become professional dancers and interpreters of the Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias (professional nucleus of eCdC), as well as choreographers and creators.

Creation Area Programs

  • Residence program: open to artists and professional companies that share their pedagogical and creative processes with the students of the Formation Area, as well as with the dancers of the Company and the general public.  eCdC proposes and accepts Residence invitations in Colombia as well as in the world, for the professional nuclei of the institution: Athanor Danza / Company Álvaro Restrepo and the Company of eCdC. 
  • Athanor Danza / Company Álvaro Restrepo 


Athanor Danza derives its name from the ancient alchemy: the “athanor” was the oven where “the processes of digestion and purification of Being and Work” were achieved. It is therefore, an active recipient and an “ambit” that contains and transforms the spirit. His works have been internationally recognized for their ritual atmosphere and the sacred character of the scenic act. The poetics of his work reflects a philosophical search. Unsuspected answers are a fusion of ancestral and contemporary aspects, of tradition and vanguard, of memory and imagination.


Besides those pieces created for the Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias and the Contemporary Dance National Centre of Angers CNDC (France), among his most emblematic works, it is worth mentioning:

  • Rebis (1987)
  • Sol Níger (1989)
  • Yo, arbor, Gonzalo (1991)
  • Raveliana (1992)
  • La enfermedad del ángel (The illness of the angel) (1993)
  • Ordalía (1994)
  • El país de los ciegos (The country of the blind) (1996)
  • Pequeño Réquiem (2000)
  • La noche de la hormiga – Tetralogía (The night of the ant – Tetralogy (2001)



Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias

  • (Professional nucleus of El Colegio del Cuerpo – eCdC)

Some of the dancers of The Company of the Body of Indias began their formation at eCdC in 1997, when they were still children. The time they have dedicated to this discipline has been absolutely voluntary and vocational. Their scenic work – image of the artistic and pedagogical process of the group – , has touched national and international publics, in diverse festivals and cultural events achieved in Colombia, Latin America, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Artistic and Pedagogical Directors of El Colegio del Cuerpo


  • Álvaro Restrepo

Álvaro Restrepo is one of Colombia´s Contemporary Dance pioneers. He studied Philosophy, Literature, Music and Theater, before dedicating his life to Contemporary Dance. In 1981 he received a scholarship from the Colombian government, to study with Jennifer Muller, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Cho Kyoo-Hyun, among others.


It was in that city that he worked with choreographers such as Remy Charlip, Cho Kyoo-Hyunn, and Tammar Rogoff. In 1986 he founded his own company, conceived as a creation nucleus – Athanor Danza -, moment when he began his international career as choreographer and interpreter of his own creations. His first piece From the Orchard of the Mutes, created as homage to Federico García Lorca on the 50th anniversary of his death, was presented at the Mama Theater in New York. Since then, he has become a leading figure of Latin American Contemporary Dance.


His work has been performed in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. In 1992 he won the Pegasus Prize in Hamburg’s Internationales Sommer Theater Festival (Germany) with his piece Rebis. His work is the image of a constant search of the ritual atmosphere and the sacred character of the scenic act.

Among his most emblematic works, it is worth mentioning:


  • Rebis (1987)
  • Sol Níger (1989)
  • Yo, arbor, Gonzalo (1991)
  • Raveliana (1992)
  • La enfermedad del ángel (1993)
  • Ordalía (1994)
  • El país de los ciegos (1996)
  • Pequeño Réquiem (2000)
  • La noche de la hormiga – Tetralogía (2001)

For EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO and with the collaboration of Marie France Delieuvin, as associate choreographer, he has created the following pieces:

  • El alma de las cosas (The soul of things) (2000)
  • El camino hambriento (The famished road) – C.H.A.T Project (2002)
  • Cuarteto para el fin del cuerpo (Quartet for the end of the body) (2005)
  • palabrademar (wordofthesea) (2009)
  • INXILIO El sendero de lágrimas (INXILE The trail of tears) (2010)


With the French dancer, choreographer, pedagogue and Co-Director of EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO, he created:

  •    Reconquista (1997)

For the National Contemporary Dance Center of Angers (France) he created:

  •    Los Piadosos (1995), created for the National Contemporary Center of Angers (France).
  • A Dios El Mar (God Bye the Sea) (2000)


In 1992 he was commissioned as the Sub-Director of the Colombian Culture Institute and in 1993, as the Director of the Arts Superior Academy of Bogotá, where he created the first superior level Contemporary Dance School in the country.  Since 1995 he lives and works in Cartagena de Indias, where he created, with the French dancer and choreographer Marie France Delieuvin, EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO in Cartagena de Indias.


He has participated in the following festivals and events, among others:

  • International Hamburg Theater and Dance Festival – Kampnagel Theater
  • International Dubrovnik Festival, Croatia
  • International Theater Festival of  Bogotá, Colombia
  • Mexico City Grand Festival
  • Cervantino de Guanajuato Festival, Mexico
  • Hong Kong Internacional Festival, China
  • Orient Occident Festival, Rovereto, Italia
  • Venetia Music Biennial, Italy
  • Festival des Amériques, Montreal, Canada
  • Eurokaz Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Copenhague Internacional Festival, Denmark
  • Teatropolis, Teatro Il Fabbricone, Prato, Italia
  • Buenos Aires International Festival, Argentina
  • Printemps de la Danse Festival, Tunez
  • Costa Rica International Festival
  • International Festival of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Londrina International Festival, Brazil
  • Río de Janeiro Dancae Festival, Brazil
  • International Cinema Festivals of La Habana (Invitation made by Gabriel García Márquez) and of Biarritz, Francia
  • International Arts Festival Memory and Imagination, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
  • Fronteras Festival, London, England
  • International Dance and Theater Festival of  Lima, Peru


The Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis defined his work as “a vision and a revelation of human destiny, narrated with impeccable and an effective corporal discipline and a profound sense of always touching the essential, that which concerns us in a direct way…  It often crosses my mind the perturbing question as to how has it been possible, that an artist like Álvaro Restrepo, son of our time an of our agonizing circumstance, in this Colombia that bleeds to death and vacillates in the border of the abyss, has been able to create with such certainty and serenity a work of such quality and rigor, without ever falling neither in the anecdotic nor in the sterile preciosity…”


Álvaro Restrepo has been invited as master, lecturer and jury to several countries and events.  He has received, among others, the following distinctions and prizes:


  • Great Pegassus Prize Mobil Oil: Hamburg 1992
  • Cultural Merit Medal, Colcultura, Colombia, 1993
  • Cali International Festival Medal, Colombia, 2002
  • Postulation by the Ministry of Education, on behalf of Colombia, to UNESCO Education for Peace Prize, for his pedagogical project EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO (The College of the Body), 2003
  • I Edition National Prize to Cultural Organizations of Excellence granted by the Ministry of Culture, 2003
  • In 2004 he was commissioned as Artistic Director of Laokoon Festival in Hamburg for the 2005 edition of the event.
  • In 2005 he was nominated by the readers of PORTAFOLIO (economic newspaper) for the Prize Contribution to the Community through his pedagogical project EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO.
  • In 2007 he received the National Journalism Prize Simón Bolívar for his chronicle Llora et labora (Memoria de la carne), published in the national journal EL ESPECTADOR and in REVISTA NÚMERO (55).
  • By the end of the same year, he was nominated by Ministry of Culture with the prize Decade of the Culture – The 10 of Culture.
  • In 2008 he received a Honoris Causa title from Antioquia University in Pedagogy of Dance.







  • Marie-France Delieuvin

Marie-France Delieuvin discovers Contemporary Dance in Paris with Francois and Dominique Dupuy, at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in an encounter of diverse contemporary artistic expressions: concrete music, Contemporary Dance, and plastic arts, which since the beginning of her formation, gave her career a particular orientation, concerning the interaction between dance and the other arts.


She continues her studies in Paris with both choreographers, as well as with Jérôme Andrews, the revealer of Pilates technique in France. More than a simple formation in dance, it is a conception of Art, of the possible art in life that she acquires, once she is in contact with these avant-garde artists. As a soloist of the company Les Ballets Modernes de Paris for several years, she participates in every creation, as well as in tours and festivals.


During two years she continues her formation as a dancer through a scholarship at Harvard University, studying the American techniques of Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham. She enters Mathews / Masters Dance Company as a soloist, participating in national and international tours. She also collaborates with the pedagogical work of the company, based on the development of both sensitivity and the artistic personality, by means of sensations and individual investigation, virtuosity at the service of sense and the abstraction of movement to create strong images that generate emotions.  As assistant of Gary Masters at Harvard University, she teaches in Europe, North Africa, South Africa and Seoul (South Korea, Asia).


She starts her own choreographic work in Paris with the companies Transit and Libre Parcours creating the following pieces: Violences, Les villes invisibles, Déclaration d´Absence, Coup de tête, la Cage, Paysage avec Figures. She also develops a choreographic work in open spaces, creating a close relation among dance, architecture, spaces and urban rhythms.  The spaces and pieces corresponding to this period are the following: Erice – Sicilia: Architecture, Passage; Aix en Provence Festival: Itinéraires chorégraphiques; Festival d’Arles: Scènes dans la maison, Scènes dans la ville; Angers: les Rêveurs.


Professor a the National Superior Dance Conservatory of Lyon (France), in 1991 she is commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of France as Director of the Superior Contemporary Dance School of Angers (France), first Choreographic National Center of the country.  In 1998 she receives the distinction Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France.


In 1993 she is invited by the Colombian choreographer Álvaro Restrepo to create a Contemporary Dance department at the Superior Arts Academy of Bogotá (ASAB), when he was its Director. In 1997 both artists create EL COLEGIO DEL CUERPO in Cartagena de Indias and start a project of artistic education through Contemporary Dance. She created the piece Reconquista (1997) with Álvaro Restrepo. As his associate choreographer, she has participated in the creation of the following pieces for the company El Puente, as well as for the Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias (professional company of eCdC, previously called the Pilot Experimental Group).


  • Los Piadosos (1995)
  • El alma de las cosas (The soul of things) (2000)
  • El camino hambriento (The famished road) – C.H.A.T Project (2002)
  • Cuarteto para el fin del cuerpo (Quartet for the end of the body) (2005)
  • palabrademar (wordofthesea) (2009)
  • INXILIO – El sender de las lágrimas (INXILE – The trail of tears) (2010)

She has created El otro apóstol (The other apostle) (2005), Mar adentro El oro y la sombra (Sea inside Gold and shade) (2010) and Fuegos (Fires) 2011.


From 2006 to 2009, she worked with the National Choreographic Center of Nantes (France) where she developed an international project called Eternal Triangle, following the routes of slavery.