Marion D’Cruz


Marion D’Cruz

Writer, Performer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Marion D’Cruz graduated with a BA in Performing Arts and an MA in Dance from Universiti Sains Malaysia.

She has studied traditional, modern, and contemporary dance in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, London, and New

In 1983 she formed Marion D’Cruz and Dancers, who have performed extensively both locally and internationally.

Marion began dancing at the age of six and started making dance at 16. One of the pioneers of contemporary dance in Malaysia, her work has gone through many phases – the search for a Malaysian identity in contemporary dance; the socio-political commentary; working with ‘non-performers’; the democratization of the artistic space.

Marion continues to break many rules in search of interesting projects that empower performers and audiences alike. More recently, she has been creating unique performance structures that allow artists and non-artists to come into and tell their stories.

Marion has received numerous awards including the 2019 Hai-O Arts & Culture Grants Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marion teaches part-time in the Dance Faculty of the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA – Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan). She continues to produce, perform, and choreograph.

She is a founder member of Five Arts Centre.

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