Photo By Jeremy Mimnagh
Rumi Jeraj is an Ismailli muslim hailing from Sherwood Park, Alberta (the world’s largest hamlet). During his professional studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, he studied Contemporary dance with Louis-Laberge Cote, Creative Performance Practice with Kate Hilliard and Ballet with Robert Glumbeck. At TMU, he has also worked with: Heidi Strauss, Peter Chin, Valerie Calam and Alysa Pires. Outside of his degree, Rumi has trained in tap dance with Travis Knights, Dianne Montgomery and Tanya Knights. He has attended summer intensive programmes to further his craft in creative practice, working with Hanes Langolf at B12, Hannah Kiel at Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive, and Monsta Pop at Alias Summer Intensive Program. He has sharpened his contemporary dance technique with the Metamorphosis Method and Luke Jessop. In addition to dance training Rumi has also trained in Vocal Musical Theatre with Lisa Atkinson and Acting with Marianne McIsaac. Over quarantine his practice has shifted from the studio to the outdoors and he has found joy in interacting with natural landscapes. He aspires to create and be a part of work which mixes forms in order to better tell stories. He believes there is a perfect balance between words, music, and movement which can communicate intellectually, emotionally and viscerally all at once. He aspires to find this state on stage.
Photo by: Justin Lee