Originally from Tehran and based in Vancouver, Arash Khakpour is privileged to be a dance artist who has immigrated to the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territory including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
Arash has been lucky to work with EDAM Dance, Wen Wei Dance, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Emmalena Fredriksson, David McIntosh (Battery Opera) among many others.
Arash’s desire is to experience whether the performance can be a place to interrogate the body and to investigate alternate ways of being. He is interested in dance and embodiment as a way into researching human conditions through historical, social, political and existential interpretations.
Arash is the cofounder of the dance-theatre company The Biting School (alongside his brother Aryo Khakpour), cofounder of Vancouver’s guerrilla performance group Pressed Paradise, and the founder and co-host of How About A Time Machine, a podcast on the history of Canadian performance.