Botkyrka Community Theatre

Europe, Sweden, Botkyrka
Art discipline: Dance
Participated in ICAF in: 2011

Botkyrka Community Theatre, has been founded in 2008 by three professional Latin American artists: by America Vera Zavala (1976), a journalist and playwright with Chilean-Peruvian roots, Paloma Madrid, a dancer with a Chilean background, and youth worker Emma Rodriguez. Botkyrka Community Theatre is settled in the Municipality of Botkyrka, situated between Stockholm and Södertälje. In numbers of inhabitants Botkyrka is the fourth largest municipality in Greater Stockholm. A third of the inhabitants have their roots in more than 100 countries around the world.

The three Latin female pioneers work together with the people of the community inside local projects. The projects looks to work on a small scale although the activities of BCT span the entire city, involving citizens of Botkyrka. The main goal in every BCT project is to foster dialog inside the community with the aim of change and transformation in the long term. The headlined subject of BCT is communication. Every work-group has a theme or a case addressing a social, communitarian or daily life subject.

Botkyrka Community Theatre plan of actions is divided in three field. Theatre led by America Vera Zavala, dance led by Paloma Madrid, and youth work led by Emma Dominguez.

Paloma Madrid
Paloma Madrid has studied pedagogy and modern dance. She specialises in site-specific work. She has done some of her work in museums or exhibition spaces. Her piece "Dance for a Home", has been turned into a video clip. She is considered one of the pioneers of community dance in Sweden.

Her focus of interests as dancer and choreographer is how a person moves. She applies a collaborative research process during her projects, highlighting the importance of dialogue in the group and the search of what the participants want to express. She does not impose a form, style or technique.

Her starting point is: human bodies appropriating public space. She takes a physical - political approach to her dance work and regards a site not only as a geographical location, but as a network of social relations.