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Broken Shapes

Co-produced by The Theatre Centre & Broken Shapes Collective

Broken Shapes is a collaboration between Rimah Jabr, a theatre maker based in Toronto and Dareen Abbas, a visual artist based in Brussels. In Broken Shapes, a young woman who lives in a city under siege discovers her father’s architectural drawings on the day of his burial. Overcome with grief, she falls into the dream worlds and imaginary places that her father has created. 

Broken Shapes is a hybrid performance constructed of visual installations, videos, and performing arts, based on Rimah and Dareen’s research on the unintentional ways that physical space can influence our minds. Broken Shapes equally takes the form of a monologue and interactive installation. The project was developed and created over the course of four years in Residency at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.


Co-created by Rimah Jabr & Dareen Abbas
Co-produced by The Theatre Centre & Broken Shapes Collective
Produced by Rachel Penny
Lighting Designer: André du Toit
Sound Designer: Arzu Saglam
Stage Manager: Dylan Tate-Howarth  
Dramaturgy: Dylan Tate-Howarth, Esther Severi & Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
Video Work & Sculpture: Dareen Abbas
Woodworking: Yannick Castagna
Visual Advisory & Post-Production: Teun Brock
Molding: Fabienne Massart
Director of Photography: Geert Verstraete
Assistant Video Director: Bas Bonhof

Special thanks to Moussem Nomadic Centre & de Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Co-producers – 2020),  Aluna Theatre, Jumblies Theatre, Canadian Stage, Inblauw Hotel, Gert Boel, MODECO PRL, RBC Arts Access Fund Award, Neighborhood Arts Network. Ashraf Zaghal, Natasha Greenblatt (Producer 2020),  Aislinn Rose & Franco Boni, Eva Decaesstecker, Samantha Vu and Alexis Eastman.


Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Art Council and BMO Financial.
From November 22
to December 4, 2022

Tickets are PWYC: $15, $30, $45, $60


Franco Boni Theatre

Performance Dates

Tuesday, Nov. 22 @ 8 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 23 @ 8 PM

Opening Night
Thursday, Nov. 24 @ 8 PM

Friday, Nov. 25 @ 8 PM *
Saturday, Nov. 26 @ 8 PM
Sunday, Nov. 27 @ 2PM **
Tuesday, Nov. 29 @ 8 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 30 @ 8 PM
Thursday, Dec. 1 @ 8 PM *
Friday, Dec. 2 @ 8 PM
Saturday, Dec. 3 @ 8 PM
Sunday, Dec. 4 @ 2 PM

* Artist talkback after the show
** Post-show panel (30 mins)

This performance is 70 minutes

Unveiling our 22/23 Programming Year!
August 10, 2022
The Theatre Centre unveils new work with a packed 22/23 programming year: Broken Shapes, Sea Sick, Comedy is Art, Loss, and so much more.