No Woman’s Land

About This Project

Haunting images, empowering narrative and breathtaking movement by an electrifying ensemble lay bare the plight and resistance of women in refugee camps. Nominated for five Dora Awards including Outstanding Original Production, and with a sold-out run in Toronto, No Woman’s Land is a dance theatre work based on real stories that beautifully reveal the depths of human resilience in the face of adversity.  


No Woman’s Land was conceived and directed by Roshanak Jaberi, and developed in partnership with IRIS-Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society. The project and was supported by the outreach and community-based research of Dr. Doris Rajan (IRIS) and academic research of Dr. Shahrzad Mojab (University of Toronto).


* Mature content and partial nudity



After much thought and careful consideration for the health and safety of our communities, we have decided to cancel our upcoming No Woman’s Land Tour. While it is with great disappointment that we are making this announcement, we remain committed to prioritizing our artists, audiences, and collaborators during this difficult time. We look forward to bringing No Woman’s Land back to the stage in the near future, when we can safely convene to enjoy live performances. We would like to thank our funders and presenters for their continued support. 


If you have purchased a ticket, please contact the venue directly to receive a refund.


Tour Dates:

Kingston – Tuesday March 8 @ 7:30pm – Buy Tickets
Brantford – Thursday March 10 @ 7pm – Buy Tickets
St. Catharines – Friday March 11 @ 7pm and Saturday March 12 @ 7pm – Buy Tickets
Guelph – Monday March 23 @ 8pm – Buy Tickets


“Poetic and urgent blending of dance and politics”

-My Entertainment World





Outstanding Original Production
Outstanding Original Choreography
Outstanding Original Composition/Sound Design
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Performance Of An Ensemble









Director & Choreographer / Roshanak Jaberi
Mentor & Movement Dramaturge / Karen Kaeja
Dramaturge / Soheil Parsa
Created with & Performed by / Irma Villafuerte, Nickeshia Garrick, Victoria Mata, Denise Solleza, Drew Berry, Ahmed Moneka
Sound Designer & Composer / Thomas Ryder Payne
Visual Designer / Jérôme Delapierre
Lighting Designer / Arun Srinivasan
Costume Designer / Cheryl Lalonde


Set Creation / Peter Benedetti
Technical Director / Gordon Simmons
Stage Manager / Tara Mohan

Voice Consultant / Fides Krucker
Aerial Consultants / Diana Lopez, Katelyn McCulloch, Elizabeth Dawn-Snell


Producer & Production Manager / Laura Philipps
Administrative Producer / Miranda Forbes


Community Research Lead / Dr. Doris Rajan
Academic Research Lead / Dr. Shahrzad Mojab
Research Assistants / Erin Howley, Nayrouz Abu Hatoum
Community Facilitators / Parvathy Kanthasamy, Sarah Saad, Hoda Samater, Mona Awwad


Funders / It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts
Presenters / DanceWorks, Public Energy


Ontario Tour 2022

Dates and Locations to be Announced

Original Premiere

World Premiere, Public Energy
Market Hall Theatre
March 9 & 10, 2019
Peterborough, ON

Toronto Premiere, DanceWorks
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
March 14-16, 2019
Toronto, ON

Company Repertoire, Past