Experimental movement artist Ruby Jayaseelan is a vision to watch in Singapore’s dance and performance art world.
The 32-year-old who appears in a fashion editorial for FEMALE‘s July 2021 edition describes her craft as possessing a ‘hybrid movement quality’ – honed through 15 years of training in the Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam, theatre, performance art and somatic practices, including the Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques as well as yoga.
The fluidity and multi-faceted aspect of her work has gotten her into the spotlight. Among her notable performances in the past two years are Purushi, a queer Bharathanatyam performance; Terbalek, an experimental performance exploring mental illness; and Watch Your Damn Mouth, a physical comedy performance.
Here, she gives us an insight into how culture informs her work and why dancing is so important to our state of being.
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