Residency Paula Chaves at MDT Stockholm

Residency Paula Chaves at MDT Stockholm

In the frame of the Creative Crossroad activity, Paula Chaves was selected by Veem House to receive a 2 years structural support by the LLB network to work on several projects. She is receiving a residency at ICI-CCN de Montpellier and at MDT Stockholm, and she is invited to participate in the danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2022 in Vienna.

“There is a zone of nonbeing, an extraordinarily sterile and arid region, an utterly naked declivity where an authentic upheaval can be born” (Frantz Fanon)

A hooded character named La ChicaScratch embarks on a transgenerational trip to uncover the hidden story of her mother as a young militant activist in 1970’s Colombia. Through it she reflects on her own journey: the dark reasons that led her to escape Colombia into political exile in the Netherlands ten years ago.

Paula Chaves Bonilla’s new performance House of Desaparecidxs is her testimony among thousands of other Colombians who fled their country in order to save their lives. People who had no other choice then to leave their homeland after being threatened for their political affiliations, for being sexual dissidents, community leaders or relatives seeking justice for criminalized, disappeared or murdered loved ones. House of Desaparecidxs opens its doors to these untold stories; we enter an utopian space in which we travel through non-linearly memories of the present, future and past – narrowing the border between the realm of life and death.

Resistance in exile
House of Desaparecidxs traces a lineage and space of belonging through communities, people and stories that resist the voracious necropolitics of capitalism and dignify life through solidarity and collective actions. The performance emerges as a technology of resistance in exile, and devises a way to reestablish dialogue with origins and histories. It refuses the  destruction of memory (memoricide) so common in conditions of exile.


Concept & performance
Paula Chaves Bonilla
Natalia Chaves Lopez
Ogutu Muraya
Nadia Bekkers
Scenographic Painting
Somatic Movement research guidance
Lux Saüer
Outside eye
Natalia Sorzano
Light design
Mathisse Coornaert
Technical support
Erik Gramberg
Political Cartel compilation and rap selector
Production Assistance
Lina Lanas
Video Animation
Rowena Buur
Produced by
Veem House for Performance
Co-produced by
ICI-CCN de Montpellier – Occitanie as part of Life Long Burning project supported by the European commission

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El casIllo hecho arte de concreto-cristal

En un casXllo disfrazado de convento y luego de teatro me camuflo a lo francés o re-descubro -desenterrando rabia- la sangre bastarda que un colono francés -sin nombre- me otorgo.
Me abrumo y regocijo igualmente ante el lujo, las facilidades y las amabilidades.
Caja de cristal que conXene a la bailarina presa pero también la promesa del rompimiento y quebrantamiento del cristal.
Las mil y una posibilidades de la invesXgación aresXca se reflejan en los mil pedazos de cristal roto; el casXllo- residencia paradójicamente las abraza y sin palabras les da confianza.
Los mil pedazos y mulXples imágenes, intuiciones, rutas toman todas sorpresivamente un lugar y sin coherencia tangible terminan por pertenecer a un todavía pero ya potente innombrable todo.

Gracias al ICI-CCN por la confianza, a Anne por la guía, a Thierry y Marco por la complicidad, a ChrisXan por el carisma y a los fantasmas por la compañía.

The castle made of concrete-glass art

In a castle disguised as a convent and then as a theatre, I camouflage myself in the French way or rediscover - digging up anger - the bastard blood that a French sejler - without a name - bestowed on me.
I am equally overwhelmed and rejoiced at the luxury, the faciliXes, and the amiability.
Glass box that contains the dancer in prison but also the promise of breaking and smashing the glass.
The thousand and one possibiliXes of arXsXc research are reflected in the thousand pieces of broken glass; the castle-residence paradoxically embraces them all and without words gives them confidence.
The thousand pieces and mulXple images, intuiXons, routes surprisingly take all their own place and without precise coherence they end up belonging to a sXll but already powerful unnameable whole.

Thanks to the ICI for the trust, to Anne for the guide, to Thierry and Marco for the complicity, to ChrisXan for the charisma and to the night ghosts for their company.

Residency Paula Chaves at MDT Stockholm

26.09.22 - 08.10.22

MDT Stockholm


Paula Chaves - House of Desaparecidxs

10.05.22 - 10.05.22

Theater ins Blau, Leiden (NL)


Premiere Paula Chaves - House of Desaparecidxs

11.11.21 - 14.11.21

Veem House Amsterdam


Residency Paula Chavez at ICI – CCN de Montpellier

01.07.21 - 13.07.21

ICI-CCN de Montpellier

supported/organized by MDT