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Two African- Canadian Dancers in a lake knee high. a gold flowing sheet is flown around them.

No Woman’s Land (World Premiere)

Jaberi Dance Theatre

March 9, 2019 @ 8PM
March 10, 2019 @ 2:00PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St.


Tickets available from or through the Market Hall Box Office

$22 / $12 Students and Underwaged / $7 High School Students (+$3 ticketing fee)

Mature content advisory: this performance contains references to violence and sexual violence. It is recommended for mature audiences (13+).

ATTENTION!!! Sunday’s Performance is still happening at 2pm! Market Hall Performing Arts Centre has not been affected by the city power outage.

This performance will include:

  • partial nudity
  • flashing lights
  • video content that may trigger visual vertigo in certain viewers

No Woman’s Land is an evocative new work that explores real stories of women in refugee camps. Conceived and directed by Roshanak Jaberi and created with a powerhouse artistic team and an ensemble of six performers, this interdisciplinary production integrates dance, theatre and multi-media – taking audiences on a journey that reveals the plight and resistance of refugee women.

The project has been developed in collaboration with the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) and is based on research conducted by Doris Rajan and Dr. Shahrzad Mojab.

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Join us for an incredible slate of events surrounding our artists residency with Roshanak Jaberi of Jaberi Dance Theatre, culminating in the WORLD PREMIERE performance of No Woman’s Land.

1) OPEN REHEARSAL and Q&A – TUESDAY MARCH 5th from 2:00pm to 2:45pm

At Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Place (1600 W Bank Dr.) This open rehearsal offers a unique opportunity to get insight into Roshanak Jaberi’s artistic process.


At Bagnani Hall, Traill College (310 London St.) Roshanak discusses the process of creating No Woman’s Land. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the New Canadians Centre and Traill College.


At Seeds of Change, Emmanuel United Church. (534 George St N, Peterborough) Join in for a community potluck at 5:00, then stay for a panel presentation with Alexandra Arráiz Matute, Roshanak Jaberi and Stacey Love-Jolicoeur beginning at 6:30. Presented by the Kawartha World Issues Centre and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.



4) OPENING NIGHT – SATURDAY MARCH 9th at the Market Hall

PRE-SHOW CHAT with ROSHANAK JABERI in the lobby at 7:00pm prior to No Woman’s Land performance at 8pm.
POST-SHOW RECEPTION following the show. Meet the company artists.

5) MATINEE – SUNDAY MARCH 10th at the Market Hall

POST-SHOW Q&A with the artists on stage following the 2pm matinee of No Woman’s Land

About the company:

Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) is a contemporary and inter-disciplinary performing arts company based in Toronto. Incorporated as a non-profit organization, the company is committed to exploring socially and politically relevant content that highlights the stories and lived experiences of racialized women, while providing a platform for intercultural collaboration and exchange.

Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) aspires to create thought-provoking and innovative performances to engage, inspire and mobilize audiences towards social change. The company strives to develop unique collaborations with professional Canadian and international artists, organizations, educators and activists who share a common vision.

About Roshanak Jaberi:

Roshanak Jaberi is an Iranian-Canadian performer, choreographer, producer, and the Artistic Director of Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT). She creates inter-disciplinary work that focuses on the intersection of art and social justice. Jaberi has a research informed artistic practice that values collaboration, community, experimentation, risk-taking and knowledge sharing. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and has presented her work in Canada, US, and Europe.

Jaberi currently serves on the board of directors of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) and the Toronto Arts Council Dance Committee (TAC), and is the resident artist with the project Political Prisoners: The Art of Resistance. Past highlights include: Associate Producer of Expect Theatre, member of the Canadian Dance Assembly Pluralism Committee, Juror for the Dora Mavoor Awards, guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, finalist in the Soulpepper Theatre Dance Awards (Community Arts), and co-host of Evi-Dance Radio.



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Photo Credits

Promo photo: Zahra Saleki

Headshot: Kevin Jones


Production Credits

Director & Choreographer / Roshanak Jaberi
Choreographic Mentor & Artistic Advisor / 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
Scenographer & Visual Designer / Jérôme Delapierre
Costume Designer / Cheryl Lalonde
Set Creation / Peter Benedetti

Technical Director & Multi-Media Operator / Gord Simmons
Stage Manager / Tara Mohan

Voice Coach / Fides Krucker
Aerial Coaches / Diana Lopez, Katelyn McCulloch, Elizabeth Dawn-Snell

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

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

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






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