pataSola's mandate is to integrate Latin American artists with those of other ethnic backgrounds, contributing to Canada’s cultural and artistic landscape while exploring the human values that shape our common history.
Highly influenced by "Realismo Magico" and Butoh, and through the collaboration of artists with diverse ethnic backgrounds, pataSola's style crosses the line between the material and spiritual worlds and strives to produce work that is challenging, provocative and innovative, in content and presentation.
Renowned for her emotionally-charged performances, Vancouver-based dancer Salomé Nieto has been described by audiences, as enchanting, ethereal and evocative. Nieto’s work considers the intersection of her cultural identity, her modern dance training and her experience with Butoh. To invigorate her voice as an artist, she explores issues of cultural identity in terms of how personal histories resonate with movement, and how the essence of Butoh, spirituality, and her own culture converge. This exploration led her to the creation of the first inception of her solo work—Camino al Tepeyac, in 2011—and to a collaboration with lighting designer Eduardo Meneses-Olivar, with whom she co-founded pataSola dance in 2013, and subsequently produced three full-length works: Camino al Tepeyac in 2014, Metamorphosis Butoh (Argentina) in 2015 and Umbral in 2016. Salome Nieto is the recipient of the 2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award in recognition of her contribution to the art of contemporary dance.
As an established dancer, choreographer and instructor of 30 years, Salomé began her performance and teaching journey in Cuernavaca, Mexico after completing her initial ballet and modern dance training in her birthplace, Mexico City. In 1992, Nieto immigrated to Vancouver where she danced prominently with Kokoro Dance, and continued her work as an instructor and choreographer. From 2005-2010, Nieto was the Artistic Director for Continuum Dance Company—Shadbolt Centre’s community company. She presently works as the Shadbolt Centre’s Fine and Performing Arts Programmer for Dance.
She has performed her work in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, as well as in Poland and England with Kokoro Dance and Donna Redlick Dance. Recent collaborations include Donna Redlick Dance and Kagan Goh (Canada), Gustavo Collini-Sartor (Argentina) and Valentin Tzin (Russia).
Eduardo fell in love with the performing arts in his native land Colombia. Splitting his time between the 2 continents, he developed his professional repertoire and artistic eye. In Colombia he worked producing, designing lights and experimenting with photography at different music concerts and fashion shows. Working with the Colombian Nation Ballet Company marked Eduardo’s fascination for dance. He was also the Artistic Director of the Opera workshop at Caldas University in Manizales, some of his work included scenes from the "Magic Flute," "Carmen" and "Il Trovatore" and a full production of "La Clamenza Di Tito" by W.A.Mozart. In Canada he directed “Soledad y Compañia,” a multidisciplinary piece based on his photography and produced by La Maison de la Francophonie in Vancouver. He was also an instrumental part of Vancouver’s Station Street Arts Centre as resident stage manager, lighting designer and assistant to the director for most productions. In addition, he created and organized a festival of languages based on the play “Open Couple” and directed the Spanish version of the play. The company won a Jessie Award for best innovative programming that year. Other nominations include a nomination for a Jessie Richardson Award for best lighting design for his work on “Beggars in the House of Plenty” by John Patrick Shanley and on the “Dresser” by Ronal Harwood by the Community Theatre Coalition. In 1999 he won a Jessie Richardson Award for his lighting design in “Reading Hebron” by Jason Sherman produced by the Firehall Arts Centre. Eduardo also broke into the world of film as a lighting technician and gaffer. He worked on productions such as "Testing" 16mm short film, "Jay Baker" music video, “Cut” short film, “A Bug and a Bag of Weed” trailer, “Natural BC” digital video, “Natural Born Killers” the documentary and “ 13 Steps”, he is a retired member of IATSE 891.
From 2006 onwards, Eduardo worked for the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts as a tech and lighting designer for their dance companies, Youth in Motion, Continuum and Donna Redlick’s dance. Eduardo is a cofounder of pataSola dance, in 2014 he collaborated with B-Floor Theatre in Bangkok. He directed, stage managed and designed “Camino al Tepeyac” on the 9th International Butoh Festival of Thailand. “Umbral” his latest work with pataSola dance: Original Idea, Dramaturge and Production Coordinator. His lighting design has been seeing on concerts such as Afro Cuban Dimensions, FlamenCubana’s tour, Bird Dance Concert and bia in concert.