Salome Nieto Impermanent Flower May 27-28, 2022

Salome Nieto | Impermanent Flower | May 27–28, 2022 | 7:00pm | The Roundhouse Performance Centre

New Works proudly presents Impermanent Flower, featuring Salome Nieto with Adam Farnsworth, at The Roundhouse Performance Centre on May 27 & 28, 2022.

Integrating Butoh with elements of storytelling and illustration, Impermanent Flower is a performance piece that explores ideas of happiness, impermanence, and beauty. It is inspired by a prominent image in Butoh -the wilting flower; the beauty of the flower is not on its blossom but in the process of dying. This presentation is a creative collaboration between Mexican and Canadian artists.

This performance is inspired by children’s literature pop-up books and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

Show Dates: Friday May 27th & Saturday May 28th at 7:00pm

Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – Performance Centre

Show Duration: 45 minutes, no intermission

Venue: The Performance Centre is located in the former diesel room on the main floor of the old Roundhouse. The seats are retractable chairs set up in a bleacher order. There is an elevator from the car park to the main floor. There is also an accessible washroom on this level and front desk staff are available to assistant as needed. See here for a Map of the Venue.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Eventbrite link below and they will be available for purchase at the door. Each ticket is priced on sliding scale of $8, $18, and $28 based on a “Pay What It’s Worth” (PWIW) model where you are encouraged to give in gratitude for the perceived value you will receive. Please note, no one will be turned away due to financial need.

Butoh Workshop:

There will be a free Butoh dance workshop led by Salome Nieto at The Roundhouse’s indoor Dance Studio on Saturday May 28th at 10am to 12pm PT. Spots are limited and this workshop is suitable for ages 16 and over. To register, please visit the link below.

About Salome:

Salome Nieto is an accomplished contemporary dance artist renowned for her emotionally charged performances. Her solo work is highly influenced by butoh, Mexico’s marvellous reality and surrealism. Interdisciplinary by nature, her transformative works explore themes of ritual and identity. Nieto’s work can be described as conceptual, yet her process is propelled by intuition and meaning. Crucial to her artistic vision, she welcomes artists’ contributions from other disciplines through local and international collaborations, offering new possibilities for innovation. These collaborations encompass installations, traditional stage, site-specific and improvisational formats.

“Compelled to move, I dance, my body awakens.”

Nieto is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and instructor, who has taught and performed internationally, dedicating the last twenty-seven years to the study of butoh with established butoh artists from Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Canada and Japan. As well as her solo work, Nieto has danced predominantly with Canada’s leading post-butoh company, Kokoro Dance and Donna Redlick Dance. She currently holds the position of Fine and Performing Arts Programmer for Dance at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.


Concept , Choreography & Performance: Salome Nieto

Charlatan Man English Adaptation and Performance: Adam Farnsworth

Original Text: Maria de Jesús Nieto

Visual Design: Natalia Renteria

Lighting Design: Phillip Birkby

English Adaptation, Voice Over and Dramaturgy: Diane Farnsworth

Music, Photography and Graphic Design: Carl Craig

Stage Manager: Anthony Trombetta

Production Assistant: Enrique Mohler

Language Companion: Shauna Paull

Costume Design: Salome Nieto

Bata de Cola and Vest: Monica Thorsness (Flower)

Wings: Katherine Soucie (Owl Woman)

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the KW Studios, the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre and New Works.

With special thanks to Barbara Bourget, Lina De Guevara, Timothy Gosley, Ruth McIntosh and Nicole Vieira.

This piece is dedicated to Fernando and Gael in memory of their mom Violeta.

Salome Nieto gratefully acknowledges that this work was created on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking peoples and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nations and will be performed on the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Official Teaser: