Paula Chaves is a Colombian choreographer, performer and activist based in Amsterdam. Born and raised within the boom of narco-paramilitarism and the expansion of globalised politics, she conceives art as a survival strategy and device able to hack the hegemonic power structures at play. She studied dance and circus in New York, Bogota and Berlin and later obtained a bachelor's degree in Choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in 2015. Marked by her migratory paths, Chaves’ artistic research is situated at the intersection of non-western feminist practices, dance and interdisciplinary art.
Her last two pieces: ‘Paraart’ and ‘Against the Wall’ are part of a long-term research on the relationship between art, propaganda and neoliberalism in the West. This last production premiered with the support of Dansmakers during the Moving Futures Festival in 2018 and was presented at CALA Festival in Cori, Italy, at Bellevue Theatre in Amsterdam and will have its international premiere at Theatre Aan Zee in Belgium in summer 2019.
Recently she worked in collaboration with Lebanese artist: Hilda Moucharrafieh, on Down is Up a site-specific performative installation that invites the audience to explore their potential relation to socio-political and environmental emergencies, and was presented as part of Over Het Ij’s site specific program at the Public Library OBA in Amsterdam. She was awarded the 3Package Deal fund for International Talents by AFK for the year 2019-2020 within the ‘engaged art’ coalition.
Her texts have been published in “El CuerpoSpin: the magazine of dance and performance art in Colombia” and "Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 - The school of the jaguar”.
As a performer she has collaborated with Benîot Lachambre, Amanda Piña / Nadaproductions, Thais di Marco, Setareh Fatehi, Nadia Bekkers, Nina Boas, Oneka von Schrader, Carles Casallacs, Riccardo Gurrati, Athena Kokoronis, Ko Morobushi, Diana Casas / Aerodanza and Zoitsa Noriega.