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Li RuiminGLRuimin

Li Ruimin graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) Degree in Dance, majoring in Chinese Dance. She was awarded several prestigious scholarships and has had extensive performance experience. She is currently engaged in Dance Choreography, Performance and Education.



Mohd Fauzi bin Amirudin

Fauzi Amirudin is currently an Independent artist, Dancer/ Choreographer in Malaysia. He is a former principal dancer at ASK Dance Company (ADC). He won 3 goldGLFauzi medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) at Los Angeles. He won the BOH Cameronian Arts Award for "Best Choreographer" in a mixed bill for his work "2 by 2" produced by ADC. He staged his mixed-bill production “Pit –Stop”, an evening of his own choreography. In 2016, Fauzi was also selected to represent Malaysia as part of top Japanese choreographer Un Yamada’s double bill showcasing her professional troupe and rising Malaysian dancers. he also took part in International Young Choreographer Project 2017 (IYCP) in Taiwan. He was named one of the Top 10 Cultural Dancers in Malaysia by Top 10 Magazine. 2018, he just finished doing his first full length with Naim syahrazad, The iproject : Between self and others. Produced by Ask Dance company which receives Best Group Performance at BOH Cameronian Arts Award 2019. Recently, he just finished conducting a workshop in La Salle College of The Arts, Singapore and working with some young Choreographer for NUSA Dance project organized by Bhumi Collective, Singapore./ UK.



Sufri Juwahir

Sufri Juwahir (b. 1983) is a dancer and choreographer. He was originally trained in hip-hop and was part of a street dance group B.A’D in the early 2000s. His danceGLSufri vocabulary has been enriched by his participation and victories in various competitions over the years. Fuelled by his interest, he has devoted much time and energy to understanding hip-hop culture and has also decided, over the years, to widen his dance vocabulary.

Sufri joined Maya Dance Theatre in 2008 as a full-time dancer and was involved in all of Maya’s major productions during his time there. He had the opportunity to create new works for the company and was involved in local and international festivals like the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, Asia Tri Festival in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, Walking Distance Festival in San Francisco, United States of America and Accidental Festival in London, United Kingdom.


Danang PamungkasGLDanang

Danang has been attracted to art since he was very young. He formally learned traditional art at High School for Traditional Art and graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Surakarta. Learned traditional Javanese dance at the Mangkunegaran Palace of Surakarta, where became a main dancer. As a professional dancer, Danang has worked with Cloud Gate Dance Company Of Taiwan artistic director Li Hwai Min in Taiwan from 2008 – 2011.



Ruby JayaseelanGLRuby

Ruby Jayaseelan is an experimental movement artist rooted in Eastern techniques including Bharathanatyam and Yoga and informed by Western techniques like somatic movement. She performs, teaches and collaborates on stages and streets, focusing on the holistic practice of art and its philosophy. She is an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra.




Trained in Traditional Malay dance under the tutelage of Azmi Juhari (Singapore), Norhaizad Adam had vast experience with mastering, performing and educating traditional Malay dance basic forms such as Asli, Inang, Masri, Joget and Zapin. He had a dilemma; to stay with the traditional routines or to feed his growing desire to venture out intoGLPrisma conceptualising contemporary ideas. This fuelled his curiosity to explore the equilibrium between traditional and contemporary and craft his original creative work outside of traditional Malay conventions.

With existing international connections and desire to achieve professional standard, he has a strong belief in introducing our traditional Malay form to the international dance world through his contemporary work. He desires to create works that connects and questions, investigating the essence of human conditions and interventions. Every atmosphere in his works induces mind-altering and evocative moments that seem to linger on.

A compelling chemistry connected Hariz, Hasyimah & Haizad as there is a common obsession to uncover grey areas. Then, they pique on each other's curiosity to craft questions. This investigative treatment guides their research processes in a work.




Born in 1981 Kaliori village, Banyumas, Rianto trained in classical Javanese dance and East Javanese folk dance from a young age, specialising in the cross gender form ofGLRianto Lengger. Rianto has been based in Tokyo, Japan since 2003 where he founded the Classical Javanese dance company, Dewandaru Dance Company. He has worked with a spectrum of international choreographers, performance makers and companies whilst remaining dedicated to his training and own voice for contemporary Javanese performing arts.

Projects include, working with Korean choreographer Sen Hea Ha, performing in Seoul, Singapore, Belgium, Netherlands and Austria. Dancing for Chen Shi Zheng’s Opera at Schubert Theatre, Boston and London Coliseum with the English National Opera. Guest artist for Gulliver & Swift and Garibaba Stange’s World by Japanese dance company Pappa TARAHUMARA. The durational 24 hour dance work at Solo International Dance Day, collaborations with Keiko Nakano on Yumme for Tokyo metropolitan theatre, the Dance Opera Gandari by Tony Prabowo and To Belong choreographed by Akiko Kitamura.

Artist residencies include Nottle Theatre Company, Korea, Attakkalari Biennial, India and most recently Staadstheater Darmstadt, Germany, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, Honolulu and deSingel, Antwerp. In 2007, Rianto received an ANA grant to present his own choreographic works in Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Japan.

His most recent solo work Medium premiered in 2016 and continues to tour along with SoftMachine: Rianto, a solo work under the direction of Choy Ka Fai.



Liz Lea

A performer and choreographer Liz Lea trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Akademi in London and Darpana Academy in India. She specialises in the field of contemporary and classical Indian dance and martial arts. Based between London and Sydney for many years she now works from Canberra with Liz Lea and Co and also as Artistic Director of Canberra Dance Theatre and Associate Director at QL2, Centre for Youth Dance.

Liz is currently Choreographer in Residence at CSIRO Discovery and recently directed the DANscienCE Festival. She premiered InFlight at the National Library of AustraliaGLLiz in May 2013, based around the early days of aviation and flight in collaboration with the NLA and the National Film and Sound Archive. She is developing Magnificus Magnificus a solo for Indigenous dancer Tammi Gissell. Initial funding from artsACT for this work led to a successful application to the Australia Council for the work. Liz has also received Australia Council funding for her own solo Kapture from the Music Board. Kapture and Magnificus Magnificus premiere at The Street Theatre in October.

In September Liz will represent the ACT as one of two national artists from each state attending the Kultour Gathering 2013. In October Liz will attend the IMTAL conference held at the Smithsonian in Washington to present a performance and talk about InFlight. IMTAL id the International Museum and Theatre Alliance.

In 2012 she presented 120 Birds at The Street Theatre and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta to critical acclaim. She also toured her children’s show, Flying Facts to Melbourne, worked with Small Miracles Company in Mackay and was comm issioned by Flatfoot Dance Company, South Africa, to create ‘A free mind’ which was nominated for a KZN Dance Award and 3 of the dancers were nominated for ‘Best Dancer’. Her work ‘Ritu Chakra’ created on the Darpana company toured to five Indian cities and she . Spent time in Kuwait to completing filming for the Documentary ‘on the Trail of Ruth St Denis in India in 1926’.

In 2011 Liz created works on Maya Dance Theatre and La Salle College for the Arts in Singapore. She also presented an evening of professional and community work at the National Library of Australia inspired by flight. She finished the year in India working with the Darpana Company and running workshops in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Her work with QL2 Centre for Youth Dance was awarded a 2011 Australian Dance Award for the creation of Hard Yards. Liz’s work with Canberra Dance Theatre its aimed at developing the companies Special Needs and over 55 dance sectors and recently she secured two Australian commissions for the groups. In 2011 CDT won an Inclusion Award for the companies work in developing Inclusive performance opportunities for CDTeens.

Liz has toured her solo shows, taught and choreographed internationally and has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Mavin Khoo, Intoto, Ballet Arabesque, QL2 Dance and many others. She was a performer with the Royal Opera House in Beijing for the Olympics Ceremony and has danced with Ranjabati Sircar, Imlata, Sankalpam as well as the English National Opera and English Bach Festival as a Baroque specialist. Liz’s research into the early modern dance movement and non Asian dance pioneers inspired by India such as Anna Pavlova and Ruth St Denis have led to the forthcoming documentary ‘Dance Detective’, filmed in India. She one of very few artists who has reinterpreted the early 1906 solos of Ruth St Denis, inspired by India.

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