An interdisciplinary work in process that integrates flamenco, contemporary dance and arab dance. It works with a soundscape created with extracts from interviews done with local Puerto Rican artist on the topic of art making in, from and within Puerto Rico. An ex-Spanish colony turned US territory, Puerto Rico is currently undergoing the worst economic crisis in its history. It has defaulted on its debt, for the first time in its history Puerto Rico's population has decreased due to massive emigration, the zika virus has been doing the rounds and as if that wasn't enough, 23 of the Orlando massacre victims were Puerto Ricans. In the middle of all this, why insist on making art? Does it help? Why does it even matter, if at all, that artists not die? Art making. Crisis. Here we stand, move and dance.
ABOUT DIANA SOTO
Diana Soto is an up-and-coming Puerto Rican choreographer, researcher and movement artist. Impassioned with interdisciplinarity, a distinguishing feature in Diana’s career is the crossing over and bridging of diverse dance genres and movement vocabularies including flamenco, contemporary dance, improvisation and arab dance. She recently taught the first ever course on Middle Eastern Dance at the University of Puerto Rico, and has presented her work in Colombia, Brasil, the US and all over Puerto Rico. She has a Research MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam.
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