About us

Colectivo RPM is a collective of artists working within dance and performing arts that envisions, designs, and supports various contextual projects from Galicia, Spain.

Colectivo RPM

They maintain a clear commitment to interinstitutional dialogue and promote initiatives around contemporary creation, research, and the visibility of the dance and performing arts community. In addition to supporting artists and creative processes, the collective also generates dialogues and actions with local communities to bring artistic practice closer to the public.


Among the lines of action of Colectivo RPM, the artistic residency program Residencias Paraíso, stands out, especially for its network of theaters and partner spaces in Galicia. This program issues an annual open call to host different artists in residence throughout the year, presenting a series of expanded programs open to the public. Residenicas Paraiso extends beyond Galicia in the Cruceiros Paraíso line, which enables collaboration with other national and international spaces.

The team

Retrato Caterina Varela
Caterina Varela
Director Residencias Paraíso
Founding partner RPM
Retrato Félix Fernández
Félix Fernández
Co-coordinador Residencias Paraíso
Founding partner RPM
Retrato Rut Balbís
Rut Balbís
Co-coordinator Residencias Paraíso
Founding partner RPM
Retrato Alexis Fernández
Alexis Fernández (Maca)
Production Residencias Paraíso
Founding partner RPM
Sabela Ramos
Sabela Ramos
Office support RPM
Chente Conde
Vicente Conde
Administration and accounting RPM
Retrato Rubén Vilanova
Rubén Vilanova
Fotografía Encontro Paraíso Illa San Simón
Retrato Henrique Lamas
Henrique Lamas
Documentación vídeos Residencias Paraíso
Retrato Lucía Martínez
Lucía Martínez
Redes sociais Encontro Paraíso Illa San Simón
Retrato Luisa Castiñeira
Luisa Castiñeira
Prensa Residencias Paraíso

Caterina Varela

Artist, curator, and cultural manager born in Galicia. She has developed her professional career in the field of dance and performing arts, both in artistic creation and in the direction and coordination of cultural management projects related to artistic residencies, audience development, and curating. She co-directs the dance company La Macana with her partner Alexis Fernández for fifteen years. Founder and director of the Residencias Paraíso program with Colectivo RPM. She was in charge of the Expanded Program TRC Danza at Teatro Rosalía de Castro in A Coruña (2014-2022). As an independent professional, she collaborates with other national organizations as a curator, mediator, and advisor.

Félix Fernández

Graduated in Fine Arts and trained in dance and performance. Awarded numerous times for his multidisciplinary work. His work appears in various formats: video, electronic music, installation, performance, drawing, and photography. Alongside his work, he also conducts various artistic creation workshops.

Rut Balbís

Graduated in Sports Science and trained in contemporary dance. 
Dancer, creator, and dance teacher. She directs her own company, Pisando Ovos, which is highly recognized for her work. She has been a guest teacher and creator for other dance projects and was the coordinator of the Dance Department at the University of A Coruña.

Alexis Fernández (Maca)

Galician dancer and creator of Cuban origin. Graduated from the National School of Arts in Havana. He co-directs the dance company La Macana with his partner Caterina Varela for fifteen years, in addition to participating in various international projects as an independent dancer. He was co-director of Empape Festival from 2008 to 2011.

Sabela Ramos

Graduated in Physical Theatre and postgraduate in Cultural Management. 
Cultural manager and mediator. She coordinates the ESCORA dance project of Diputación de A Coruña. She has worked on various dance and performing arts projects in Galicia, including the Expanded Program TRC Danza and Artestudio Xestión Cultural. She currently continues to collaborate with the Colectivo RPM. She provides management and production support to the dance companies Elahood, Marcia Vázquez, and La Guajira. In the music industry, she collaborates with Mada Producións and Repica.

Vicente Conde

Graduated in Business Administration and Management from the University of Vigo and a winemaker in Ribeiro. 
In 2016, he moved to Santiago to study a Master's degree in Cultural Services and a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management. From that point on, his professional career took a clear direction, involving cultural mediation in innovative cultural and social projects, as well as managerial and accounting roles in cultural cooperatives. More recently, he has been working as an accountant and production assistant at the contemporary theater company Voadora.

Rubén Vilanova

Photographer and rural cultural worker.
He studies the specialization of Artistic Photography at the Antonio Faílde School of Fine Arts and Design, continuing his education under the guidance of renowned artists. His individual and collective exhibitions have traveled to galleries within our countrie's borders, and he has been awarded in various contests and competitions.
His scope of work in photography encompasses artistic, product, and heritage photography, with a specialization in the performing arts.
Since 2010, he has been producing performances for the dance company Licenciada Sotelo, alongside Nuria Sotelo; and in 2021, they founded the creative space "A Casa Vella" in the village of Amiadoso in the Allariz Biosphere Reserve.

Henrique Lamas

Técnico superior en fotografía artística especializado en operativa de cámara de vídeo e cine. Traballa como videógrafo en diversos proxectos e campos, tendo as artes vivas como un dos mais importantes.

Lucía Martínez

Journalist and communication consultant focused on digital environment. After a decade of experience in media such as TVE, TV Castilla y León or Agencia EFE, she is specialized in the field of digital strategy, online communication and social networks.

Since 2015, she has been part of The Office Comunicación agency as head of the digital communication team, directing this area in cultural projects from different sectors: performing arts, cinema, music and editorial.

She also offers advice and teaching to performing arts companies through Escena Galega, and to emerging musical projects with Estudios Mans (Fundación paideia).

Luisa Castiñeira

Journalist, communication consultant and head of press specializing in culture, performing arts and music. After working in media such as El Mundo, Magazine or Metrópoli as a cultural journalist for more than half a decade, she made the leap to the world of communication agencies. In the last fifteen years, he directed and developed communication and press campaigns for projects such as Escena Contemporánea, Festival de Otoño, Madrid en Danza, Festival Noroeste Estrella Galicia, FIV, Teatro Kamikaze, Semana do Cinema Galego, FIOT, Momentos Alhambra Acustiquísimos, Teatro Español , Teatro Circo Price, Voadora, Marta Pazos, Metamorphosis Dance, MEGA Museo de Estrella Galicia or Viñetas desde o Atlántico, among many others. In 2015, she founded The Office Comunicación with her colleagues and, since 2024, she has been working with the RPM in the communication of Residencias Paraíso.