Alicia Soto-Hojarasca is a professional contemporary dance and creation company with a long history, created in 1994, under the artistic and choreographic direction of Alicia Soto. Based in Castilla y León (Spain), it has had great international projection since its inception throughout its almost three decades of existence. Portugal, France, Germany, China, Japan and various countries on the African continent (Morocco, Senegal...) have been regular stops on their tours.
Both with its shows and with its initiatives, talks and educational activities, the company has carried out an essential task of disseminating dance within and outside our borders and among people of different classes, ages or origins.
Research and constant evolution
In the DNA of the company, and of its director Alicia Soto, there is a constant search to take dance to different levels in each project. He has developed dance-theater pieces, shows for the street and non-conventional spaces, multimedia creations or made visual documents on his own work processes and those of other international companies with which he has worked.
It was one of the first Spanish companies to introduce technology into its projects and reflect on its relationship with movement and dance on stage.
More than 35 contemporary creations
His projects include titles such as Breu the dog and his friend Electrolux (1999), between arms (2002. Nominated for the Max Awards). Block C, Angeles Fallen seek to ascend to Heaven (2003. MAX Award Nominee), The Woman of No Memory (2005), want (2007. Max Award Nominee), In vino veritas (2008), skinSITEs” vers. XI and XIII (2008 and 2009. In collaboration with Post Theater [New York / Berlin / Tokyo]), Super Gravity - Zero Gravity (2009. Co-production with the Post Theater company [New York / Berlin / Tokyo]), La Petit Voiture-la Comtesse (2010), the triptych Cartography of the Body in an architectural space (2014-2016. Bewilderment, Studio 1: Night, Studio 2: Silence, winner of the North Station Award of the Tac Festival 2014, and Study 3: Looks), Regards (2017), The garden of the Hesperides (2020), Sublime Anger (2022) and La Petit Voiture 2.0 (2022).
Collaborations with festivals and great figures
The company has always been a transdisciplinary meeting place for different artists with whom different synergies and collaborations have been established, both occasional and regular. These names include, among many others, the French writer Michel Houellebecq; the Moroccan director and actor Abdellah Chakiri; lighting designer Miguel Ángel Camacho; the conductor, composer and performer Joan Valent; choreographer Carmen Werner; or the Post Theater company (New York, Berlin, Tokyo).
On the other hand, Alicia Soto-Hojarasca has co-produced and collaborated at various times with national and international festivals, fairs and theaters such as Teatro Calderón (Valladolid, Spain); IDN Festival of the Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona, Spain); TAC International Street Theater Festival (Valladolid, Spain); Fitcarrer International Festival, (Vila-real, Spain); Lava, Valladolid Arts Laboratory (Spain); Taggeles (Berlin, Germany), Instituto Cervantes (Casablanca, Morocco); Ains Harrouda Cultural Center (Casablanca, Morocco); International Stage Dance Festival (Shanghai, China); or the Center Culturelle de Djarama (Dakar, Senegal).
Since 2014, the company has started a series of international artist residencies.
Pedagogical projects and artistic residences in rural areas
Since its inception, the company has held workshops for both professionals and different groups without dance experience. The movement and its contemporary bodily expression have centered these activities that have also addressed issues such as inclusion, equality or psychomotor development in youth and childhood. The workshops, workshops, courses and talks have been carried out both in different Spanish cities and in countries such as Portugal, Senegal or Morocco.
One of the lines of work that Alicia Soto has cared for the most, in which she has been a pioneer, is in the presence of the company and dance in rural environments, being a pioneer carrying out artistic residences in small towns such as Sazamón in Burgos (1994-1998). and Serrada in Valladolid (2005-2013). In addition, the residence in Serrada established this pillar of Alicia Soto's project to create a link between the rural environment and artistic creation with the production of 9 of the most emblematic shows of her career. It is also worth noting the implementation of projects for children in various areas of Castilla y León (Spain) or its latest initiative, A step forward, a program of activities for cultural revitalization in non-urban areas of Castilla y León brought contemporary dance closer to thousands of residents of the participating towns.
Throughout its history, the company has repeatedly had the support of entities and institutions such as AC/E, Aecid, different Spanish embassies around the world or the Cervantes Institute (different locations).