Architecture of Violence

Description

Passionate and gutsy physicality, arresting images, and rich storytelling are displayed in this new theatrical dance work which examines the impact of architectural violence on the lives of everyday people. The state’s use of built environments as a tool for oppression, to persecute and exert control over vulnerable people is explored, revealing intimate stories of hope and resistance and the desire for human connection.

Architecture of Violence (working title) is a new full-length contemporary dance theatre production 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

Originally inspired by Roshanak’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, excerpts of the work in progress 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

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World Premiere September 7, 2024 (Eskilstuna, Sweden)
Tour Dates – TBA

We would like to thank Yui Ugai (dancer), Bren Eastcott (actor), Sanam Samanian (architectural researcher/curator) and Marley Hibbert (textile consultant) for their artistic 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 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 excerpt presentations of this work.

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

Read Artist Bios

 

World Premiere September 7, 2024 (Eskilstuna, Sweden)
Tour Dates – TBA

We would like to thank Yui Ugai (dancer), Bren Eastcott (actor), Sanam Samanian (architectural researcher/curator) and Marley Hibbert (textile consultant) for their artistic 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 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 excerpt presentations of this work.