Jaberi Dance Theatre | Artistic Director
page-template-default,page,page-id-16246,page-child,parent-pageid-15982,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-theme-ver-13.8,qode-theme-bridge,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.4.7,vc_responsive

Artistic Director

Roshanak Jaberi

performer | choreographer | producer


Roshanak is an Iranian-Canadian artist and activist based in Toronto. She creates inter-disciplinary dance works that are thought provoking, emotionally driven and politically charged. The stories and lived experiences of racialized women motivate her artistic inquiry, as do her frequent travels and unique collaborations with artists, scholars and activists. She has spent the last two decades cultivating her practice which now focuses on the intersection of art and social justice. Roshanak is interested in re-envisioning traditional dance aesthetics, integrating multiple art forms and experimenting with different avenues to creation. Her work is grounded in a research informed artistic practice that reflects her commitment to ethically and authentically share the stories, experiences and cultures she draws inspiration from. Roshanak’s work has been supported by all three arts councils, and has been presented in Canada, US, and Europe.

Roshanak holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, and currently serves on the Toronto Arts Council Dance Committee and the Board of Directors of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO).

Past (Selected)
  • Associate Producer, Expect Theatre
  • Committee Member, Canadian Dance Assembly Pluralism Committee
  • Juror, Dora Mavoor Awards and the Toronto Arts Council
  • Guest Lecturer, Historical and Cultural Studies program at the University of Toronto
  • Finalist, Soulpepper Theatre Dance Awards (Community Arts)
  • Resident Artist, Political Prisoners: The Art of Resistance Project
  • Panelist, The Dance Debates-Choreographing Our Future by the Toronto Arts Council
  • Keynote Speaker, the Iranian Alliance for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice (Washington, DC)
  • Panelist, Engaging Arts to Represent Violence Against Women-A Conversation About Ethics at the University of Toronto
  • Moderator, Feminist Art Conference (FAC)
  • Co-host, Evi-Dance Radio