Andrea Soto & Jules Mara, Artists
Andrea Soto (she/her) is a first-generation Mexican American movement-based artist whose multidimensional practice lives in performance, technology, collaboration, and data-gathering as shared collective research. Her work centers around the earthly body as a sacred vessel of pleasure, truth and translation. She holds space to move from the physical environment to the viscera of the body, turning inwards and surrendering into a space that welcomes the sacred. Andrea builds poetic ecosystems that exist as a collection of connectivity, and that are deeply rooted in the mystical dismantling of hierarchical-systems and in a utopian world of boundless interconnectedness. Her creations, which have been exhibited at Human Resources LA and Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater, serve as a celebration and exploration of ancestral heritage; with a deep reverence for her roots, she holds spaces within her processes for the power of the collective as it embraces vulnerability, inclusivity and community.
As a freelance dancer, she has worked closely with renowned choreographers such as Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Dimitri Chamblas, Rosie Herrera, Julie Tolentino, Sam Wentz, JOJO ABOT, Alexsa Durrans, and Annalee Traylor; and has been part of works at Culture Hub’s Re-Fest, MOCA, REDCAT, L.A. Dance Project, and Centre National de la Danse in Paris.
Jules Mara is a Non-Binary multidisciplinary artist from Round Rock, Texas, known for pushing boundaries and challenging societal norms through captivating dance performances. With a diverse background in various dance forms and training at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Jules seamlessly blends technical precision with raw emotion, inviting audiences to delve into the complexities of their own lives. They do this through their skills of choreography and fashion design.
As a collaborator and choreographer, Jules crafts thought-provoking works that explore darker themes with a fresh perspective. Drawing inspiration from horror and southern traditions, they shed new light on these topics, sparking conversations and evoking powerful emotions. Their performances, which have been displayed at RedCat, LA Dance project, Sharon Disney Lund, The Ebell of Los Angeles, and Stomping Ground LA, weave together vulnerability, strength, and an intensity that leave a lasting impact on audiences through movement and world building.