New Works and CMHC Granville Island Present:

Pop-up Outdoor Presentations

featuring Salome Nieto, Marco Esccer & Ysadora Días, and Alvin Tolentino

Sat Sept 25 | Public Market Courtyard

View photos by: Yvonne Chew 


Impermanent Flower by Salome Nieto

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. On Sept 25, Salome will be sharing three excerpts of the full-length work Impermanent Flower: the Charlatan man, the Flower and the Owl woman.

Learn more about the full work of Impermanent Flower here.

Image credits: Carl Graig (photography and graphics design)

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.

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Alvin Erasga Tolentino & Co.ERASGA

“Just like a prayer, Co.ERASGA’s offering comes at a time when the arts has never needed it more.” – Stir-Vancouver

This collection of solo works aspires to honour the living practice of dance and dancing and the challenges of keeping this art-form alive during the ongoing pandemic crisis and isolation. Offering explore movement as a form of devotion and prayer – allowing the dance to transcend luminous energy. Each work individually and together as dance presentation, Offering becomes a performance ritual, evoking a spiritual reach for a universal interconnect, awareness, and healing for the world. Audiences should come see this event to experience the return of dance for live stages in our community and to feel dance alive, a gift to us all to celebrate after a long year of paused from live performance.

Dancers: Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Marc Arboleda, Alison Denham

Image Credit: Yasuhiro Okada

Founded by choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino in 2000, Co.ERASGA has a distinguished international reputation with its vision of hybrid dance, diversity and collaborations with other artistic practices and multimedia. At the heart of Co.ERASGA is Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino, a Filipino-Canadian artist of remarkable commitment, talent and energy, whose diverse cultural background and heritage has been a driving force for much of the company’s work. In addressing themes that reflect Tolentino’s individuality, global awareness and ethnicity, Co.ERASGA exposes and explores issues of cultural identity, gender, hybridity, and community engagements and promotes cross-cultural dialogue.

Possibilities: Embodied Poetry by Marco Esccer & Ysadora Días

Two bodies, two minds: infinite worlds, immeasurable ways of relating. A 30 minutes performance that through dance will interpret a selection of poetry surrounding themes of love, madness, sorrow, hope, peace. Our actions, a ripple effect into the lives of the people we cross with. We ignore the consequences of our actions but we can take care of remaining present in our intentions… This performance will be an act of Being present; present with the music, with the power of the word, present with the audience that will co-create with us. 

Dancers: Marco Esccer and Ysadora Días (dancers at Coastal City Ballet) 

Music: Various Artists

Image credits: David Flores Rubio (left) and JC Curtis (right)


Bachelor in Classical Dance, Marco Esccer graduated from the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance of México City in 2016. Course the Diploma in Research, experimentation and artistic production: Transits; and the Diploma in Dance Therapy taught by Sensodanzaterapia A.C. He attended the Ballet Intensive Summer Course at the Jeoffrey Ballet School in New York 2014. He has danced for many companies in Mexico such as Ballet Independiente A.C.,La Infinita Cia, Prodanza México, Convexus ballet by Francisco Rojas, Danza Capital, among others. He created Explor-Arte, a workshop that involves movement and dance therapy basis been given since 2018 in Mexico and Canada. Winner in the First New choreographer competition in 2018. Public Relations of La Infinita Cia (Mexico City) 2019-2020 and assistant productor of Bridges Over Walls since 2019. Currently dancer in Coastal City Ballet (Vancouver) season 2019-2022.

Ysadora Días, from Caraguatatuba – Brazil, did her dance training at Escola de Danças de Caraguá, specializing in contemporary dance. After graduating, she joined the CBMC company and the collective “Pé na Areia” where she acted as a creative interpreter and deepened her studies in contact improvisation. Today she is part of Coastal City Ballet, in her third season as a company member.


For all artists, guests, and visitors, there are helpful instructions on the Granville Island website for various modes of transportation, and the rules on parking. There is Free Parking after 6:00pm Daily, and we encourage other forms of transportation aside from vehicles. See here for more information: Getting to Granville Island

New Works gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that this event takes place on the ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.