Choreographer and dancer- Artistic director Vanguardia Dance- Colaborator of multidisciplinary projects



Olga is a multi-award winner artist, she has collaborated with theater, musical and dance companies as well in multidisciplinary projects in Canada, USA and Colombia. She holds an MFA in dance at York University of Toronto. Olga is original from Bogotá- Colombia and currently working with exchange projects between Colombia and Canada.

“I consider the arts a basic link in the process of building community and society.   As a choreographer and dancer that lives in a contemporary world I explore my personal reality as a woman whose life is affected by cultural heritage but also by global information, technology and all the movement in time, space. and energy.

The dialogue and contrast between movement, sound, music, gesture, voice and context are  important elements in the development of my creations. I am interested in multidisciplinary works and I pursue the collaboration with artists from different cultural backgrounds that work with performing and visual arts.”




Portafolio of works

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Dance instalation premiered at Museo del Oro Tairona in Santa Marta, Colombia. 2019


A hydrid dance work premiered at Quinta de San Pedro Santa Marta, Colombia 2018-19


Premiered as short piece in 2016, Toronto
and as full length work in 2018, Colombia

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Inspirted in the book "Tejedora de Coronas".   2017

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A rhythmic and rebel "comun" flower. Powerful solo by Olga.

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A contemporary dance work inspired by the Colombian Caribbean.
Creation Research Grant in Dance, Colombian Ministry of Culture 2014. Premiered in Santa Marta, Colombia.

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  • 09 de ene. de 2025, 11:50 a. m.
    Toronto, citadel toronto
    Premier of "Femine in tea" and remount of "Lonely Woman". Choreography by Olga Barrios. With artists Monica Gontovnik, Norma Araiza, Victoria Mata, Irma Villafuerte, Aria Evans, Kelly Jenesusse.
  • mié., 08 de abr.
    Sala Otto de Greiff
    08 de abr. de 2020, 5:00 p. m. – 9:00 p. m.
    Sala Otto de Greiff, Cl. 39 Bis #14-57, Bogotá, Colombia
    Estaremos en el Festival Alternativo de Bogotá FESTA, con la obra Feminin in Tea/ Juegos de tes. El 8 de Abril en el teatro Otto de Greiff de la filarmónica. Allá vamos!!
  • jue., 13 de feb.
    Residencia Canibal
    13 de feb. de 2020, 5:00 p. m. – 13 de mar. de 2020, 9:00 p. m.
    Residencia Canibal, Barrio abajo, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
    Come to Barranquilla for Carnivals, at the Canibal Residency. You can join Olga experimenting with in the work Cabaret Carnaval, or you can just explore any aspect of the Carnivals. Call open to artists of diverse disciplines: Visual artists, writers, photographers, sound artists, choreographers.
  • sáb., 11 de ene.
    Pozos Colorados
    11 de ene. de 2020, 7:00 a. m. – 10:00 a. m.
    Pozos Colorados, Pozos Colorados, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
    Starting 2020, with all the energy of the ocean in the beach of Pozos Colorados. With this ritual Olga opens a year of movement!!
  • sáb., 14 de dic.
    Playa Pozos Colorados
    14 de dic. de 2019, 7:00 a. m. – 10:00 a. m.
    Playa Pozos Colorados, Pozos Colorados, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
    Last event for 2019, with a class in the beach of Pozos Colorados. With this ritual Olga closes a fantastic year full of movement!!

Dance is poetry in movement



Working with diverse projects

One important aspect of Olga´s work is sharing ideas and explorations with artists and projects of diverse geograpraghies and pulsions.  Thus, here are the currently collaborations.


Collaboration by Olga Barrios and Edgardo Moreno.

 “Keeping the distance:  Sculpting image in a shifted body, is a series of experimental videos (6 vignettes) where the process departs from the notion of a body as the place where the vibrations of creation start, connecting with the idea of the present situation of Covid 19, where the bodies are sick and need to be isolated.  All activities are asking for the distance of the bodies. That is how many of the life activities need to be transformed in a digital space for a while, and we need to surf into it to keep contact. Meeting with friends, working, going to an event, having parties, and of course to continue our space of artistic creation as an important way of constructing society.  Many things are connected now through virtual spaces. That raises questions related with a political body and the frontiers.

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A dance theatre work

A new work,  co-created by Olga Barrios and Monica Gontovnik, departing from the poems of the book Feminin in tea by Monica Gontovnik.   With guest performer Norma Araiza. Recently presented in Toronto at the Citadel.



A performative space in Barranquilla, Colombia

Co-directed and created by Olga Barrios and Tania Iglesias, since august 2017 in Barranquilla, Colombia. 
PATA E GANSO  (goose leg) is a space open to impulse artistic scenic creation and production of works.

The colective has a constant open call for artists in different levels of thier career, and it is also a space  open to present works in different moments of development.

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Interdisciplinary work

Choreographer Olga Barrios (Colombian/Canadian), performance artist/activist Coman Poon (Chinese-Canadian/Settler-immigrant) and musician/composer Edgardo Moreno developped  The triangle project, a cross-disciplinary and polyaesthetic artistic conversation across physical and technologically mediated distance, where three artists from three different latitudes send signals to each other in order to transmute the space between.