Álvaro Restrepo is one of Colombia’s contemporary dance pioneers. He studied philosophy, literature, music and theater before dedicating his life to contemporary dance. His work has been performed in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 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 1994, he has been living and working in Cartagena de Indias, where he created, with the French dancer and choreographer Marie France Delieuvin, El Colegio Del Cuerpo, which is a school with a unique interdisciplinary focus on respect for the body that cultivates dances while at the same time addressing topics ranging from human rights to sexuality to drug addiction.