A program of activities for cultural revitalization in non-urban areas of Castilla y León
_ The Castilian-Leonese company Alicia Soto-Hojarasca, under the artistic direction of Alicia Soto, is the promoter of the project “A step forward”. A program of activities that revolve around the language of contemporary and urban dance, the arts of movement and technology, and that will visit different locations in Valladolid.
_ From June 3 to 25, different workshops for women, children and young people will be programmed, as well as the street performance La Petite Voiture 2.0, by the company. Alicia Soto-Hojarasca, in the towns of Aldeamayor de San Martín, La Seca, Nava del Rey, Matapozuelos, Medina de Rioseco, Olmedo, Pozaldez, Rueda, Serrada, Tordesillas, Viana de Cega and Villalar de los Comuneros.
_ The choreographer and dancer Alicia Soto has spent almost 30 years developing synergies between non-urban areas and the artistic world, promoting access to culture far from the cities and thereby generating the creation of jobs and an economic boost in said areas.
During the month of June, from the 3rd to the 25th, the Castilian-Leonese contemporary dance company Alicia Soto-Hojarasca will present a new project called Un paso adelante, in which it continues its work to culturally energize non-urban areas. For its director, Alicia Soto, this initiative is part of her way of understanding culture and, more specifically, dance, which has guided her career as a creator and that of her company. Since 1994, when he began his Artistic Residency in the Burgos town of Sasamón, Soto has advocated for the importance of the decentralization of the arts in cities, which allows the democratization of art, favoring access to culture outside urban centers and promotes the modernization of ideas, criteria and an acceptance of difference. At the same time, with the different experiences implemented over the years, it has shown how this type of action creates synergies with the local population and its social and educational agents and promotes the activation of the local economy and job creation.
A STEP FORWARD
The program of activities and actions that make up the Un paso adelante project is based on the language of contemporary dance, the arts of movement, dance-theater, urban dances and technology. Dance, by dispensing with the word as the main element of expression, is a universal language that allows reaching unimagined places connecting with emotional intelligence. As there is no word, there is no barrier, and communication is wide and infinite, allowing the public to imagine and feel. In addition, its practice allows us to approach and express different aspects of life and, in recent decades, its therapeutic nature has been demonstrated, helping personal growth and keeping communities together.
For the project, the collaboration of the municipalities of Aldeamayor de San Martín, La Seca, Nava del Rey, Matapozuelos, Medina de Rioseco, Olmedo, Pozaldez, Rueda, Serrada, Tordesillas, Viana de Cega and Villalar de los Comuneros has been received.
A step forward is made up of three pillars: workshops and an image laboratory for social networks (aimed at women, children and young people); an Artistic Residency in Serrada during 2023 and the exhibition of the shows La Petite Voiture 2.0 and Regards (looks), created by the Alicia Soto-Hojarasca company. Both the workshops and the different functions that will take place in the show will take place in different towns in Valladolid with between 300 and 4,000 inhabitants.
The project is financed by the European Union, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan; with the collaboration of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Castilla y León.
The Alicia Soto-Hojarasca company will develop research periods in Serrada (Valladolid) for its new production during 2023. A workshop for women between the ages of 45 and 55 will be organized to work with them on this project.
ALICIA SOTO-HOJARASCA COMPANY
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.
More than 30 shows have been staged, large, medium and small format, video creations and video dance.