Graduate in the Higher Conservatory of Dance of the Barcelona Theater Institute in Choreography and Performance (1992), completes her classical dance, contemporary dance and theater training with great national and international teachers and contemporary dance improvement courses at the School “The Place” (London). Between 1992 and 1994 she received a scholarship from the Generalitat of Catalonia to carry out postgraduate studies as a “Guest Student” at the prestigious University of Arts, Folkwang Dance Studio, Essen, Germany, under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch.
One of the most decisive milestones for her in her leap from dancer to choreographer was the success in 1990 of her first professional choreography at the “Marathon of the Spectacle” Festival at the Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, which obtained an excellent review in the newspaper La Vanguardia.
In 1994 he co-founded the company Hojarasca Dance-Theater in Burgos (Spain) and, later in 2000, he assumed the artistic and choreographic direction of the company alone, changing its name to Alicia Soto-Leaf Litter. As director, Alicia Soto has created more than 30 shows, 2 media-dance video creations and 3 dance videos.
In 2014 she became a Researcher GECAPA, Study Office of the University of Lisbon, Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia and in 2017 he joined as a member of the Max Awards Jury, National Awards for the Performing Arts of Spain, organized by the SGAE Foundation. At the same time, in 2016 it also joined as Delegate of the dance specialty of the Academy of Performing Arts of Spain, from where he collaborates in the editing and publication of III volumes on the history of contemporary dance in Spain, is the promoter of the book edition Poetics of Creation (2022) and directs and coordinates 15 Dance Dialogues, a meeting between two choreographers from different dance specialties, with the public, about the creative process of the choreographer.
Critics highlight that his creation is original and open about an encounter between dance and theater, based on dramaturgy, often using multimedia and new technologies in a continuous search for the language of dance in creations based on transdisciplinarity. Alicia Soto has developed very personal scenic forms, promoting the poetic fusion of performative languages, involving the community and promoting the formation of a broad and eclectic audience with her creations.
Throughout her career, Alicia Soto has carried out a tireless work of disseminating dance both inside and outside Spain. The idea of the regenerative and reconstructive capacity of this art and its value as a tool for inclusion, tolerance and for motor development and physical and mental well-being, has guided both its creative production and the implementation of activities, talks and projects. pedagogical. Following this philosophy, it is worth highlighting her participation in different non-profit initiatives as a teacher in different countries such as Portugal, Morocco, Senegal and, of course, Spain.
Pedagogical project in rural areas
Her work to publicize contemporary dance and promote culture in rural areas is another of Alicia Soto's most important facets. It was as a resident artistic company in small towns such as Sasamón, Burgos (1994-2005) or Serrada, Valladolid (2005-2014).
In 2023, an ambitious project was launched, A step forward, in which more than 30 activities were organized in 12 municipalities of Valladolid around the language of contemporary and urban dance, movement arts and technology.