Sasha Leong is an independent multi-disciplinary performing artist and arts project manager, currently based in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).

As a DANCE ARTIST...

Sasha's practice stems from a passion and curiosity to explore and learn a variety of dance forms to add to her movement vocabulary. She started her training in Ballet, Malaysian cultural dances, and went on to explore the Contemporary Dance form, social and folk dances from other cultures, trained intensively in Ballroom, discovered and worked with the art of Butoh and Body Weather Training, and the list goes on.

In 2009, Sasha was one of the ten dancers from Malaysia, invited to perform and 'open' the 2009 Wien Opernball as a debutante. She has performed at large events including Star World's Glee Flashmob Dance, TM's Everyone Connects Street Performance, and Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week's Opening Performance. She was a dancer with The Modjos (dance crew) and briefly, a back-up dancer for R&B songstress, Nadhira. In Melbourne, Sasha has danced with professional Bollywood companies with repertoires in Classical Indian, Bollywood and Banghra dances.

Sasha was featured in the catchy Melbourne's Cheapest Cars ad and in Hoodlem's Kintsugi music video. In 2017, Sasha co-choreographed and performed in a Contemporary Dance piece Emergence, working alongside musician and sound artist, Tamara Violet Partridge, and visual artist, Alix Whitelaw. She also co-developed and co-delivered a creative community dance program for a local council in Melbourne. She has a strong passion for community engagement and social change through dance/the arts.

As an ACTOR...

Sasha has worked on-screen and stage. Her dance training has given her an advantage in physical theatre, and she is known for being an agile performer. Past productions in Malaysia include ‘The Betrayal’ (shortlisted as a Finalist) in the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival 2012, ‘Kleting Kuning and the Giant Crab’ playing both roles of Nyai Rondo (mother) and Yuyu Kangkang the Giant Crab, ‘Chow Kit Road: The Musical’ (2013), ‘Showdown: The Movie’ (2016), and infomercial ‘Bisikan Hati (Whispers of the Heart)’.

At the end of 2013, Sasha moved to Melbourne and trained with Richard Sarell at The Rehearsal Room. Within the span of one year, she has worked in a number of short films, corporate videos and commercials. She is fluent in English, Malay, and conversational Mandarin and Cantonese.

In 2014, Sasha was an ensemble member of “Nothing to See Here (Dispersal)“, which was nominated for 2014 Green Room Awards in ‘Outstanding Contemporary and Experimental Performance’. She took a short trip back to Malaysia in September and took on the role of Enyo, the Witch of Alarm, in Perak Society of Performing Arts' "Trick or Treat: A Halloween Musical".

Since then, Sasha has played roles in independent short Burger with the Lot and the award-winning, Full Disclosure.

As an ARTS PROJECT MANAGER/PRODUCER...

With more than five years' experience under her belt, Sasha provides support to the arts ecosystem outside her daily role working with a peak arts body. She values collaboration with communities and is passionate about the role the arts play to connect people and share stories. Some of her past work include - project support for Yellow Wheel & YDance's NEO, program and website support for the inaugural Flem-Ken Festival of Arts and Ideas, and providing grant application support to independent projects.

Sasha is a graduate of Leadership Victoria's 2018 New and Emerging Communities Leadership (Women) program.

 

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