Sasha Bashir mastering the Dunhuang silk dance in Taiwan The art of book writing ... I’ve always loved coffee table books, so doing Dansa I, and now, Dansa II felt natural to me. I became a storyteller, documenting my journey of dance in other cultures. About her latest masterpiece ... Dansa II is more colourful than the first one, which had been dark with its black and white photos. But the darkness didn’t feel right with Dansa II, simply because I have evolved. Putting colour into effect ... In the midst of doing Dansa II, I had the idea of doing a colouring book based on my travel journey, and my book designer happens to be an illustrator. My colouring book, appeals to all ages, not just adults. The most challenging dance ever performed ... The lion dance! For one, the lion’s head is heavy to hold. Then, your coordination as a dancer would be nothing like ever before. To make the animal look life-like, one must always maintain the movement of his “eyelids”, “mouth”, and “ears”. I was so bad at it, but you can always tell the good ones apart; they look alive. You wouldn’t even see the people dancing underneath. On her love for fashion tomes ... I have a lot of books on fashion photography, one of which is Harper’s BAZAAR: Greatest Hits, edited by Glenda Bailey. I also love Cindy Crawford’s Becoming. The most recent treasure in my possession is Burlesque And The Art Of The Teese by Dita Von Teese – I am her biggest fan, I don’t care what anyone thinks of her. Trust is the best colour ... I have to trust the people I work with. I wouldn’t have worked with my team for my books if I couldn’t rely on their honesty.
Sasha Bashir steps to the rhythm of the Sabah Murut tribe’s Magunatip dance
Harper’s BAZAAR: Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey, Stephen Gan, and Elizabeth Hummer