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Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture -

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

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