By: Julio Castro
Alicia Soto seeks innovation, new challenges in different fields of art Behind Alicia Soto's artistic exhibition, a great weight of philosophical thought is hidden, in which she pours a good part of the content that she develops in this work that she calls 2 or 3 questions, and in which he not only mixes the elements of earth, water, air... and the final fire, but also plays with different concepts, with the bases of knowledge of the philosophy of Descartes' Discourse on Method, through which This choreographer, more than thinking or walking to exist, means dancing to express herself from that "sum" of the syllogism. The author herself says that it is about giving your head to create something new, thinking to do something different. In this way, at the end of his work, he describes in a brief comment how the idea of incorporating the projected part of the video arose, in a more interactive way and relating its interpretation to the projection of images. Thus, the work divided into two large sections, has a first part in which the projection on a door (which supports an elastic canvas) opens a void towards thought and action that videography initially develops in a single plane, but which will then allow the dancer to shape it from the back, intervening directly on the evolving images. He not only achieves very spectacular effects in this set of volumes that go beyond the door frame, but also gives the work a hyperrealism, which is still surprising in this era of 3D in a cinema that is limited to making commercial demonstrations at very high prices. The play with air and water predominate in this first section of the work, ending in a being that will be captured by dreams and fears that grip its most subliminal, albeit immediate, environment. The second part will start with the earth, from which the figure of the being emerges, as if returning from a grave, but naked and alive like a newborn. The parallelism of the advances in his birth is accompanied by the awareness of that need to know what and who one is. With these questions, with those doubts turned into conclusions, the birth takes place, rising from the earth, which at the same time rejects and handles as its origin from that moment on. It moves in the lights and in the shadows, alternating slower and more harmonious movements with other more convulsive and violent ones. In this way, he will fill the room with the earth that has renewed its shape, to move the present towards a future of fire that is reflected in the lights towards which it is directed. A surprising, imaginative work, very parallel and balanced between the scene and the projection, but above all, between the concept of the structures of his image and the message that he transmits at every moment and every format of his work. Yes, it really is different.