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.