Ms. Castillo's work Sonatina en Esperanto is characterized by "… fantastic gestural exploration, apparently endless movement imagery, and an
that results from not understanding where seriousness begins and comedy ends…" --- Rosina Cazali, writer and curator
"…it is uplifting to have the opportunity to see works in which a technical skill and an intelligent and sharp conceptualization are intertwined…" --- Anabella Acevedo, writer
In 2002 Castillo founded the Institute of Dance and Movement Research in the Universidad Rafael Landívar which she directs.
Since 1990, Ms. Castillo has served as the Artistic director, founder, choreographer, teacher and dancer of Momentum, an independent contemporary dance company in Guatemala City. Since 1989 when she returned to Guatemala, she has choreographed more than 30 works that have been presented in the main theaters and rural area as well. Momentum, under her direction, has kept contemporary dance aliveand has integrated the work of musicians, poets, painters, photographers, sculptors, theatre directors, and dancers from Guatemala and abroad.
Ms. Castillo's work has also been presented in the United States, France, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela and México and has been performed by other companies such as the Ballet Folklorico y Moderno of Guatemala, Danza Libre of Honduras and Contemporary Dance/FortWorth in the United States. For the creation and production of choreographic works, she has received funding from the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos), Embassy of the Netherlands in Costa Rica, Embassy of the United States, Paiz Foundation, TCU and Universidad Rafael Landívar. Ms Castillo has invited international choreographers and dancers to work with Momentum, such as Ivan Favier (Francia), Luis Mendonça (Brazil), Austin Hartel (USA), and Helmar Alvarez (México).
Ms Castillo earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Her studies were oriented toward the bodily experience and Phenomenology (Universidad Rafael Landívar). She also holds an M.S. and a B.S. (Rutgers, the State University; University of California, Berkeley; Universidad del Valle de Guatemala). She has taught workshops on improvisation, experimentation, composition and contemporary dance to professional dancers and enthusiasts of dance.
Ms. Castillo has been granted the following awards and prizes: Arco Iris Maya Award for best contemporary dance company (1999), Woman of the Week on Crónica Magazine (1993), Opus Award given by the Patronato de Bellas Artes (National Council for the Arts (1991), Choreographer chosen to represent Guatemala in the First Congress of Choreography in Venezuela (1990), Rotary International Scholar in University of California, Berkeley (1985)