Afsaneh Torabi

Performing Artist

Born in Iran and raised in Australia and New Zealand, Afsaneh distils her broad studies and explorations into immersive, intimate and participatory art experiences.

Majoring in sculpture at Swinburne and Monash Universities, she quickly developed a language for ambitious live performance, later seeking out renowned teachers and specialised schools across the globe in diverse performance practices, finally gaining a Masters degree of Sensory Theatre with the University of Girona, Spain.

After years devising and performing on interstate and international projects such as Queensland Theatre Company (1001 Nights 2013) and Perth Theatre Company (From the Rubble, PICA 2015), Pips:lab (D.E.X., Netherlands), Baran Theatre Company (Tower of Babel, Metro Arts Brisbane) and Teatro De Los Sentidos (Heart of Darkness, El Grec Festival, Barcelona), she found her place in the Victorian live arts community.

Sought out for her diverse skill set, unique artistic sensibilities and cultural sensitivity, she has become a Polyglot Theatre artist and a core company member of Commedia Dell’arte company Make a Scene.

Alongside this, she continues to collaborate with talented artists to deliver new projects such as Mapping Memories (ArtPlay, Melbourne) and Resistance Transmission (Due West Festival) as well as performing at iconic arts events such as Melbourne International Arts Festival (Echo of the Shadow, 2016), Castlemaine State Festival and Melbourne Fringe (Sonic Labyrinth, 2019).

Returning always to her passion for the immersive art experience, she has presented her own participatory work at events and venues such as Geelong After Dark (Tina’s Tiny Theatre 2019), The Village Arts Festival (The Rambler; Itinerant Theatre House 2018/19), The Old Gaol (The Arc of Waking 2015), Found Festival (The Confessional 2015) and Virgin Fashion Festival (Fashion in the Dark 2017).

Afsaneh continues to lead projects and workshops for youth, from remote indigenous communities to her local shire. She has been artist in residence at Fitzroy Community Centre, Broadmeadows Detention Facility and The Playground Housing Project as well as co-lead facilitator with Full-On Theatre’s project Raise the HeArt, a year-long engagement with youth from Victoria’s western suburbs, resulting in a youth-led immersive production addressing racial violence.

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