Diana Lopez Soto


Mexican artist Diana Lopez Soto graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art in 2005. She is an active performer, dancer and artist working with video, performance installations and public interventions. Diana is a founding member of Norma, an art collective formed by eight artists who over the past five years have produced installation and performance works that employ absurdity, physical endurance and repetition in an exploration of collective identity and cultural anxiety. As a professional dancer, she has danced for Firebelly Productions  at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (2004), the “Calgary Biennale Celebration” (2005) and other theatre/dance productions by Kira Shaffer.

She has worked for Circus Orange in Aviator, a public theatrical/circus dance and pyrotechnical performance installation that took place at Dundas Square for “Just for Laughs Festival” (2007). Diana is an active environmentalist and human rights advocate who moved from Vancouver to continue her art career at her studio quarters and organic farm in Ontario. Her work investigates patterns, human relationships and movement among, within and outside of our social/cultural and physical entities. Engaging the viewer through playful gestures that evoke self awareness, she crafts time-based journals, installations or performances inspired by her studies of everyday physical, intuitional and spiritual patterns in her life.

Vivência Poética curated by Erika DeFreitas

FADO Performance Art Centre’s 2008 Emerging Artists Series, Viv√™ncia Po√©tica, pairs established artists with emerging artists in the creation of a collaborative performance work.

Diane Borsato & Stacey Sproule
Keith Cole & Diana Lopez Soto
John Marriott & Suzanne Caines

The curatorial premise of this project required an emerging and an established performance artist to collaborate jointly, and in turn with participants within the space in which they work/present. I am interested in the relational aspects within the collaborative process between artists, and how it specifically pertains to questions of authorship, communication, tension, and pedagogy. I am certain that these collaborations will challenge the concept of relational aesthetics as it is outlined by Nicolas Bourriaud in his text Relational Aesthetics.

Erika DeFreitas, curator
Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer