Architecture of Violence

Description

Striking physicality, arresting images, and rich storytelling are displayed in this new theatrical dance work which explores the impact of architectural violence on the lives of everyday people. The state’s use of built environments to control and persecute specific populations is explored, revealing intimate stories of hope, loss and resistance.

Architecture of Violence is a full-length contemporary dance theatre production in development, commissioned for Jaberi Dance Theatre (Canada) by Scenkonst Sörmland (Sweden) as part of their 2024/2025 MainStage Season under the theme of freedom and borders. The production will premiere and tour in Sweden in September 2024 and is a creative collaboration between Swedish and Canadian artists.

Creative Research & Background

Partly inspired by the Director’s personal experience of forced displacement and war, the research phase of the project was initiated through a Chalmers Arts Fellowship grant (2020) and expanded through the TO Live Exploration Fund (2022). Additional support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS), and multiple residencies with TO Live deepened the thematic exploration and creative research.

In 2023, segments of the creative research were presented at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and at the The Imperial Theatre in Saint John, New Brunswick.

A Jaberi Dance Theatre Production
Commissioned and Presented by Scenkonst Sörmland

Director, Co-Choreographer and Concept – Roshanak Jaberi (Canada)
Co-Choreographer and Creative Advisor – Karen Kaeja (Canada)
Composer and Sound Designer – Jukka Rintamäki (Sweden)
Set Designer – Susanna Wiklund (Sweden)
Costume Designer – Katarina Wiklund (Sweden)
Lighting Designer – Arun Srinivasan (Canada)
Created With Dancers – Anna Borràs (Sweden), Mio Sakamoto (Canada), Mairéad Filgate (Canada) 
Producer – Yvonne Granath, Scenkonst Sörmland
Photos – Maryam Barari

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The locomotive
September 7 & 11, 2024 at 7 PM
Eskilstuna, Sweden
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Culturum
September 14, 2024 at 7 PM
Nyköping, Sweden
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Thomas Arena Theatre
September 19, 2024 at 7 PM
Strängnäs, Sweden
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The locomotive
September 26, 2024 at 7 PM
Part of The Knowledge Festival
Eskilstuna, Sweden
Tickets available in August

We would like to thank Yui Ugai (dancer), Bren Eastcott (actor), Sanam Samanian (architectural researcher/curator) and Marley Hibbert (textile consultant) for their contributions to the development of this project.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the research phases of this production, as well as SITE Sweden and TO Live for providing residencies for the development of this work. Thanks to the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) for supporting the research presentations of this work.

Thanks to Strängnäs National Theater Association and Strängnäs municipality, Nyköpingsguiden and Nyköping municipality, The Knowledge Festival and Eskilstuna municipality.

Thank you to Maria Weisby for making this project possible.

Project Details

A Jaberi Dance Theatre Production
Commissioned and Presented by Scenkonst Sörmland

Director, Co-Choreographer and Concept – Roshanak Jaberi (Canada)
Co-Choreographer and Creative Advisor – Karen Kaeja (Canada)
Composer and Sound Designer – Jukka Rintamäki (Sweden)
Set Designer – Susanna Wiklund (Sweden)
Costume Designer – Katarina Wiklund (Sweden)
Lighting Designer – Arun Srinivasan (Canada)
Created With Dancers – Anna Borràs (Sweden), Mio Sakamoto (Canada), Mairéad Filgate (Canada) 
Producer – Yvonne Granath, Scenkonst Sörmland
Photos – Maryam Barari

Read Artist Bios

 

The locomotive
September 7 & 11, 2024 at 7 PM
Eskilstuna, Sweden
Buy Tickets

Culturum
September 14, 2024 at 7 PM
Nyköping, Sweden
Buy Tickets

Thomas Arena Theatre
September 19, 2024 at 7 PM
Strängnäs, Sweden
Buy Tickets

The locomotive
September 26, 2024 at 7 PM
Part of The Knowledge Festival
Eskilstuna, Sweden
Tickets available in August

We would like to thank Yui Ugai (dancer), Bren Eastcott (actor), Sanam Samanian (architectural researcher/curator) and Marley Hibbert (textile consultant) for their contributions to the development of this project.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the research phases of this production, as well as SITE Sweden and TO Live for providing residencies for the development of this work. Thanks to the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) for supporting the research presentations of this work.

Thanks to Strängnäs National Theater Association and Strängnäs municipality, Nyköpingsguiden and Nyköping municipality, The Knowledge Festival and Eskilstuna municipality.

Thank you to Maria Weisby for making this project possible.