Toronto premiere of Migraaaants set to open in January

Photo by Zahra Salecki.

An immersive play about human migration is coming to Toronto this month.

Migraaaants, written by Matei Visniec and translated by Nick Awde, will play at Theatre Passe Muraille from January 13-28. The multimedia performance traces the experiences of refugees who must flee their homes, shining a light on the human impact of war and migration.

“The show is inspired by real stories of African and Middle Eastern refugees on their perilous journey to Europe, and it explores the unbreakable human spirit within the refugee narrative, giving audiences a chance to connect with the people beyond the headlines,” said director Siavash Shabanpour in a media release. Shabanpour is also the artistic director of Two Thousand Feet Up Theatre Company, which is producing the Toronto premiere of Migraaaants.

Migraaaants features performances by Ahmad Meree (Boss); Jamar Adams-Thompson (Fehed); Daniel Motaharzadeh (Ali); Andrew Chown (Balkan Man); Mahsa Ershadifar (Balkan Woman); Garrett Mallory Scott (President); Henry Oswald Peirson (Coach); Parastoo Amanzadeh (Elihu); Shannon Pitre (Presenter); Keely Krall (Presenter); Jona Villa (Ensemble); Silvana Herrera (Ensemble); Henrique Santsper (Ensemble); Lean Jafari (Ensemble); Jeysa Caridad (Ensemble); Eric Kinsella (Ensemble); and Jeffrey Auminio-Mesidor (Ensemble).

The creative team, helmed by Shabanpour, includes work from Daniela Olmos (stage manager); Rose Mohammadi (assistant stage manager); Tessa Bourchier (costume designer); Kadi Badiou (set designer); Victoria Gallant (sound designer); Nariman Eskandari (composer); Duncan Appleton (lighting designer); Nicole Moller (fight director); and Payam Saeedi (dramaturge).


Migraaaants runs at Theatre Passe Muraille from January 13-28. Tickets are available here.


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Aisling is Intermission's senior editor and an award-winning arts journalist with bylines including the Toronto Star, NEXT Magazine, CTV News Toronto, and Maclean's. She likes British playwright Sarah Kane, most songs by Taylor Swift, and her cats, Fig and June.