Past Echoes In The Present

Image description: A photo of a person waist down against a dark background. They are wearing dark green pants with three white stripes running down the side. They have one foot lifted while putting on a pair of black socks. To their left is a pile of clothing. Image of Marissa Wong’s solo, ‘Departure’, photo by Belen Garcia.

New Works presents Past Echoes in the Present, a multi-disciplinary online and open-air exhibition that is accessible and interactive. The low-barrier cultural experience is in honour of Asian Heritage Month in Canada and features works by: Crossmaneuver, Erika Mitsuhashi, FakeKnot, Immigrant Lessons, Joshua Ongcol, Kevin “Shazam” Li, Ne. Sans opera and dance, Sarah Wong, and TWObigsteps Collective.

The genesis of the title of this exhibition comes from conversations between one of the exhibiting artist collectives, Immigrant Lessons (with leadership of their creative director and founder Kevin Fraser) and New Works. Their adjacently named project is a series of works from their second full length video ORIGINS/How Do We Coexist? which is an immersive exploration into a past that leaves echoes in the present. The works presented in the exhibition features works such as dance videos or images from New Works artists of Asian Heritage, and celebrates Asian culture and the creativity of Asian diasporas living on unceded Coast Salish Territory.

The exhibition is designed to allow for multiple points of access. The on-site exhibition can be found on CMHC Granville Island from May 24-31 during daylight hours, on the exteriors, windows and lobbies of the Carousel Theatre Studio, Ocean Artworks, Old Bridge Street Studio, Railspur Alley, The Arts Club Theatre, and Waterfront Theatre. All the words will be accessible at ground level with no steps in outdoor spaces. All works will be captioned in English with transcripts available online. Visitors with access to a mobile device will be able to access audio elements via their devices.

For folks who cannot or choose not to access the works on CMHC Granville Island as well as those who access the website via scanned QR codes on-site, all works and information about the featured performers and their projects available online.

New Works is proud to participate in the 25th Anniversary of explorASIAN produced by Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). Past Echoes in the Present is COVID-19 compliant based on the current public health orders. This project is made possible by Canadian Heritage, the City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Gaming, and the generous in-kind support of CMHC Granville Island.

Exhibition Access, Site Maps, and Video and Audio Tours

Visit our accessibility page for information on how to access CMHC Granville Island and our on-site exhibition. Video tours are available in spoke English with English captions and subtitle files in: Tagalog, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, and Punjabi. Audio tours are available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tagalog.

May 21, 2021

Skwxwu7mesh Welcome

The Skwxwu7mesh Welcome, Greeting of the Day Song, and Squamish Paddle Song graciously provided by Rebecca Duncan.
May 17, 2021

Various Works By FakeKnot

FakeKnot creates inclusive performance works that strive to understand the complexities of identity and culture through costume, sound, technology and the body.
May 17, 2021


In his current piece “LAKBAY” (Tagalog word for Journey) Josh meditates on patterns, cycles and rhythms.
May 17, 2021

Past that Echoes in the Present

A collection of film works that support the research and development of the collective's second full length work: "ORIGINS/How Do We Coexist?", which is a dance/movement, theatre, visual media, immersive exploration into a past that leaves echoes in the present.
May 17, 2021

Etude in Solitude

This solo draws its inspiration from the myth of Orpheus, and the opera ‘Orfeo ed Euridice'.
May 17, 2021

Chiaroscuro: Shades and Shapes

Image Description: Photo of Kevin Li/Shazam’s silhouette. Kevin looks to his left while his left forearm is bent upwards, forming a right angle. His right arm […]
May 17, 2021

Present in Absence: A Solo

Image Description: Photo of Kay wearing a yellow top and black bottoms on staircase. The wall and staircase including handrails are all blue. Kay holds the […]
May 17, 2021

something somewhere else (Erika Mitsuhashi in collaboration with Daniel O’Shea)

How can something be both was it is and what it’s not?
May 17, 2021


Marissa performs on stage. She is dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt. She is turned to her left, away from the camera. Her left hand is […]
May 17, 2021

pliant spaces: yat, yih, saam, sei

Still from Sarah Wong’s performance pliant spaces: yih. Sarah is dancing outside in a grassy area. She is facing the camera with both of her arms […]