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About Roshanak Jaberi:
Roshanak Jaberi is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in Toronto, and a graduate of York University – majoring in music. As a choreographer, she’s committed to creating work that confronts conventions and stimulates dialogue about important cultural, social and political issues around the world. She specializes in traditional and contemporary West African dance. However, her training in other dance styles also inspires her choreographies as do her frequent travels to Africa, where she continues her research and development with dancers in Guinea, Mali and Senegal.
Roshanak has been commissioned by Dusk Dances, has contributed choreography to music videos for Bravo and MuchMusic with Canadian director Little X, as well as for stage at events such as Amnesty International’s Dance for Justice, Dance Immersion, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, and Harbourfront Centre’s summer festivals. She’s performed at the Urban Music Awards, Planet Africa Achievement Awards and most recently directed her first dance film, which premiered in Toronto and will be screened in Istanbul, Turkey in August 2012.
She’s been featured in The Dance Current magazine and invited as guest speaker to participate in panel discussions for on the MOVE Dance Conference and Engaging Arts to Represent Violence Against Women at the University of Toronto. Roshanak has been happy to support the outstanding projects of other artists by serving as a juror with the Toronto Arts Council, and has programmed for the urbanNOISE festival, bringing top Canadian artists such as Juno winners Divine Brown, Ghetto Concept, and Dora winner d’bi young to the stage.