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Merian Soto papers


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Merian Soto is Associate Professor and MFA Program Coordinator at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. She has been creating and presenting solo, group, and collaborative pieces in her native Puerto Rico, across the U.S. and internationally since the mid-1970s. She has collaborated extensively with MacArthur award-winning visual artist Pepón Osorio on critically acclaimed works such as Historias (1992) and Familias (1995). As Artistic Director of the Bronx-based Latino arts organization, Pepatián, she has developed and curated national and international projects featuring Latino new dance and performance artists including ¡Muévete! and Rompeforma: Maratón de Baile, Performance & Visuales, the international Latino artists’ festival in Puerto Rico; and the first Bronx Dance Fest at the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture in New York City in 1999. Soto is the recipient of six Choreographers Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Artist Fellowship by New York Foundation for the Arts and numerous project grants from institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation, The Lila Wallace Arts Partners Program, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. Her writings on dance have been published in Heresies Magazine and Movement Research Journal. In September 2000 Soto received a New York Dance and Performance Award "BESSIE" for sustained choreographic achievement.

The collection consists of a 2002 catalog of choreographic works by Merian Soto, which includes a career overview, a list of works, an artist statement, reviews, and credits. The catalog also includes articles written by Soto. Also included in the collection is a DVD catalog of Soto's choreography (2002), which features videos of dance performances.

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