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J. Soto is an interdisciplinary artist and poet with a focus on project-specific collaborations in performance and arts organizing through various media and programs. His collaborative project, “Ya Presente Ayer” can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). Most recently, Soto launched the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow school of art with his longtime collaborator Anthony Romero. Soto received his BA from San Francisco State University in Art and an MFA in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The 5th Edition of Miami Performance Festival International ‘16 (M/P ’16) will take place from June 23-26, 2016. M/P ‘16 will be staged in five different venues around Miami-Dade County with 17 countries represented and a host of local talent . The festival will show a total of 37 different works and will encourage viewers to investigate performance art’s and Noise artistic influence and contributions to our visual and sound culture and will provide the viewer with a unique performance and sound experience beyond the realm of traditional art. A four-days long interdisciplinary complex multileveled platform which will include videos of performances, live performances, noise, experimental sound art audience participation, publications, artist talks and visual art exhibitions, demonstrates the commitment by Edge Zones to the professional development of South Florida artists in national and international forum.

M/P ’16 is a stage for both young and emerging artists, curators, critics, and scholars to present their latest work. This world-class performing arts festival will provide the opportunity for our live audience of approximately 7,000 to engage deeply with the ideas emerging from these provocative works.

Miami Performance International Festival (M/P’16) seeks to continue to expand and provide a platform for South Florida-based performance and sound artists to create new work in Miami. This “challenge”, also bringing professionals together for the sake of a common goal: pushing the boundaries of their practice and making that same work accessible to a wider audience.