©Afagh Morrowatian
©Afagh Morrowatian

Roshanak Morrowatian

Artistic leader, choreographer and co-founder Rover

Roshanak Morrowatian (Iran, 1989) is a choreographer, dancer and performer. She holds a BA in dance and an MA in dance composition from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. After studying modern dance, Roshanak worked as a freelance dancer and performer at home and abroad. She danced and performed in the works of Marina Abramović, Pina Bausch, Isabelle Beernaert, William Sánchez, Joost Vrouenraets, Alexis Blake and Bodytalk/Yoshiko Waki, among others. She played in films by Wiam Al-Zabari and Julie Sando and in the performance Sous d’Autres Cieux by Maëlle Poésy.

As a choreographer she for example created pieces for the schrit_tmacherfestival, Toneelacademie Maastricht, SALLY Dansgezelschap Maastricht, the World Music Concours and her own company Rover. In 2018, Roshanak received the starter’s prize from the Edmond Hustinx Foundation and in 2020 she received the BNG Bank Dance Prize for the performance Polished together with Mami Izumi and the Prize of the Dutch Dance Days for her dance solo Kites. She was also nominated for The Next! incentive prize in 2022.

From 2018 to 2021, Roshanak was supported by talent development organization VIA ZUID and since 2023 she has been part of the ‘Nieuwe Makers Regeling’ of the Performing Arts Fund NL. The main partner and applicant in this two-year process is ICK Dans Amsterdam. Partners are DOX, Korzo, Parkstad Limburg Theaters and VIA ZUID.

The desire for a more harmonious society runs like a common thread through the work that Roshanak makes. Unnoticed details, invisible people and forgotten stories are given the leading role in her performances. Interdisciplinary performances in which themes such as identity, boundaries and ‘belonging’ are central. As an artist she explores the physicality of memories, the fluidity of traditions and diasporic identity.