Sofia Castro is born and raised in Sweden with both parents from Uruguay. She works as a dancer, choreographer and independent producer with a main interest in flamenco as her artistic expression. Furthermore, Sofia also takes part of several productions as a dancer, actress and musician. She has an international portfolio with ongoing projects in Spain, Denmark and Uruguay and several more being planned for the coming year.
Her passion for dancing started as a child and she began taking classes of classic ballet. Her interest in performing arts grew and three years of theatre studies in the Art School in Stockholm was added to her journey. She later expanded her dance knowledge in the famous Swedish school BallettAkademin taking classes of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. She studied and tried out different types of movements, expressions and stiles by dancing Street dance, Latin and Afro in amongst other Danscenter. In order to grow she moved to Cuba in 2003 where she studied five months of afro Cuban dance and Rumba in the Instituto Superior de Arte de la Habana.
Well in Cuba she stumbled upon flamenco by accident when visiting a show that included both flamenco dance and song. The direct expression of flamenco and the percussive feet work in the dance touched her heart and she decided to make it hers. When back in Sweden she realized that the best way to learn more about the art form was to travel to its source, Andalucía. She followed her instinct and moved to Sevilla. Once accommodated, she started to study in la Fundación Cristina Hereen where she stayed for four years. There she had classes and assisted workshops with famous dancers and teachers such as amongst others José Galván, Milagros Mengibar, Rafael Campallo, Andrés Peña, Úrsula López, Andrés Marín.
During her time in Sevilla Sofia danced in numerous peñas flamencas in Spain. In 2008 she started to give dance classes in Fundación Cristina Hereen teaching dancers, singers and guitar players who where learning how to accompany dance. In August the following year she acted in “Veranos del Alamillo” in Sevilla and in 2010 she started her international carrier dancing in Sweden, Denmark and Uruguay. In 2011Sofia formed part of the dance company led by the dancer and choreographer Andrés Marín in Montenegro. She was part of Paco Lopez’ production “Carmen” in Jerez, Spain and in 2012 she was invited to act and give courses in flamenco during the International Festival “La feria del sol” in Mérida, Venezuela. Furthermore, she acted in the theatre production of Javier Andrade “Mi íntimo espacio público” in Barcelona, Spain.
Sofia started to travel more often to Denmark to act in different productions. Amongst others she acted in “El duende“ in Copenhagen. When living two months in Stockholm, Sweden she got involved in the production of Paloma Madrid “Dance in apartment”. She acted in the “Black Box”, Sevilla, with her own spectacle “No te Salves” where she combined dance and plastic art with the artist Pedro Agudelo. In 2013 Sofia was selected to develop and set together her dance piece “Pulso” in cooperation with the music producer and rapper Majk Jutbo, in the International Production “Urban Art Foundation” Sevilla, Spain. She also took part in the production led by Eva la Yerba Buena “Santas de Zurbarán persuasión y devoción” in Sevilla, Spain.
In 2014 she worked in the creation of “UNO” as a producer, dancer and choreographer. It was a European collaboration with the flamenco dancers Katerina Oparysheva (Russia) and Carolina Pastor (France) with artistic supervision of the dancer and choreographer Úrsula López. The world premier was held in Biennial of Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain.
During 2015 she took part in the chorographer Paloma Madrid’s production of “How many bodies does it take to make a revolution” performed in Dansmuseét, Stockholm, Sweden. Furthermore, she was also involved in Safoura Abjeez’s production “Cantabile” played in Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She acted with her own production “Havsdagg” in Stallet, Stockholm which is a show merging together several rhythms and expressions including Sofía Castro as a flamenco dancer, Pauline Reibell with classic Indian dance, Mónica Albornoz with voice and guitar and Gori Mazo with flamenco guitar.
She also worked in the theatrical production “La Familia” with script developed by America Zavala, directed by Paloma Madrid and produced by Christine Löfgren. The following year Sofia attended the dance and circus college summer residence course with her production “Pulso”.
The 3rd of May 2017, she had world premiere of her production “Pulso” in Södra Teatern which was sold out. The production was sponsored by Stockholm Stad and Konstnärsnämnden. One of the larger newspapers of Sweden, Dagens Nyheter, wrote an article praising her work with the title “DN congratulates Sofia Castro” https://www.dn.se/familj/dn-gratulerar-sofia-castro/.
The same year she was also nominated for the price “Dance of the year” by Värld- och Folkmusik galan http://folkgalan.se. Furthermore, her project “Pulso- an ongoing project” was selected to be part of the shows offered by Länsmusiken during 2017/2018 being an organization directed to youth and children. She has combined these larger projects with national and international assignments as well as being a dancer, teacher and coach.
In February of 2018 Sofia initiated the platform “Unbounded” that is an organisation which works for genre crossing artistic meetings. The project encourages cooperation between different art forms so they can meet and create together. It is sponsored by Stockholm Stad. In the program of “Unbounded” Sofia had premier of two productions: “Mellan rummen”, that is a fusion between flamenco dance, jazz and the use of electronic beats and bucle (loops). “Mellan rummen” has been sponsored by the Swedish-Finnish foundation and the City of Stockholm. The second production “Sofia Castro/Boreal” is a collaboration between flamenco dance/music and music from the middle east.
Also, in February the same year Sofia’s production “Pulso” was selected in great competition to be exposed with a fraction of its project in Expo: scenkonst in Helsinborg, Sweden, where producers from all over the country where present. Expo: scenkonst is organized by the Blekinge National Theatre, Kronoberg National Theatre; National Theatre of Kalmar, National Theatre of Jönköping, National Theatre of Halland, National Theatre of Skåne and the National Theatre of the West.