Ruby grew up dancing between the beautiful hills of Amman, Jordan and is from a well-known family of artists and musicians, that have inspired her artistic evolution in various ways.
Here at ASLI we have had the pleasure of meeting Ruby Al-Faqir, 28 and upon meeting Ruby it is hard to not be captivated by her energy and joie de vivre. To see her dance is to witness true performance art and it injects you with life and passion. So when we decided to feature women who are initiating change and who use their artistic creativity to better the world we immediately thought RUBY!
“Growing up around oriental/Jazz music formed a beautiful blend in my upbringing, involving me in cross-cultural activities, always seeking to blend what we have with what is out there and worth to connect and grow with.”
What motivated you to deal with the subject of “Women of the Middle East” in your art?
“On my recent travels to Goa, India where I have spent the last 9 months, connecting with various people/women from around the world, I have met many amazing women from Israel that inspired me and transformed me in many.
Growing up across the boarders from each other, deprived from the freedom of connecting with these women on the other side created a thirst for knowledge. Being able to meet on the safe grounds of incredible India, where nor race or religion can separate us allowed us to create a state of oneness with each other, sharing our stories of Peace and War, reminiscing on the shadows of freedom, where we dream to exist without the walls of separation.”
Tell us why you chose this submission?
“It was through few interesting conversations that I had with my Israeli friends living in India, that portrayed to me a bare truth of the living situation for women of Arabia and Israel.
It inspired and changed me so tremendously that it will always be one of the greatest turning points in my human evolution and my dance mission towards global peace.”
Why have you chosen the medium you use for your art?
“Dancing is medium where you connect through your soul, speaking directly to the face of God and mother creation.
Dancing is a universal language spoken by those whom have awakened and ready to speak their truth.
Dancing is a path everyone must learn in order to reach heaven’s gate safely.”
Who are you influenced by? What inspired you and your art?
“People inspire me! I’ve always been a fan of “Tea-Talk” probably coming from an Arab culture where having coffee and gathering with friend and neighbours is almost a morning tradition!
Before I create any piece I find myself going to the usual “coffee hub” wherever I am around the world, and allow my feelings and vibrations to connect with those around me.
Words begin to flow, people start to connect and the table turns into a magical conscious meditative state, sharing words of love and harmony. It has happened so many times that now I’m more aware of creating this vibration and maintaining it throughout the process.
After that I prepare for my studio time, I make sure I start with my meditation to reflect on what I’m about to create and then within the walls of the studio, music starts to play, the flow takes over me as I begin to dance.”
What does feminism mean to you and do you consider yourself to be a feminist?
“Around the time I grew up, the term feminism in Jordan and probably all around me of middle eastern countries would be considered an alien thought!
We grew up so far away from equality and from exploring feminine rights and pride, it was more like growing up in a nation that projected women as housewives and baby-making machines!
Although now we are expanding and growing our roots to a more firm grounds of equality; back then those ideas were never presented to me, my friends or any of my family members until much later in life where I had the opportunity to study in foreign universities and institute that presented the idea of Human, Woman and children rights!
You should have seen my face, hearing about all of this at the age of 18, it was as exciting as meeting the Queen!
Do I consider myself a feminist? If by this I get to make a change and inspire the world to get out of their shells and explore their truths then Yes I am a feminist!”
Do you feel women have to conform to social norms and stereotypes to be taken seriously? Do you have any experiences of this?
“I’m a female rebel; I encourage women to stand up and rebel with me against social norms and stereotypes.
I have a little bit too many experiences growing up with the boarders of social norms, that took great courage and power to be able to break out of that nightmare castes over the minds of the Middle Eastern Women and children!”
Do you think that women and men are equal in today’s societies around the world? Have you any experience of this?
“I chose to look over this matter under a brighter light, I believe in change, I believe in human evolution.
Overlooking the past 5 – 10 years in the middle east I have met amazing women advocates whom devoted their lives to spread the message of equality through various forms of education and art.
I’m very happy and proud to be one of them today, spreading the message and globalizing the awareness. together we can harmonize the world and fulfil our prophesies on this earth.”
What causes and world issues are you passionate about, campaign for, volunteer for etc…..?
“I’m very much involved in the human-conscious evolution; we are currently undertaking a great paradigm shift of enlightenment through this amazing time – The golden age of Aquarius.
I invite you all to tap into this magical powers, to open your third eye- your eye of truth, and see what an amazing time it is to be alive!”
What does the statement ART SAVES LIVES mean to you and has art in anyway “saved” your life in any way?
“Art saves my life and the life of others every day, Art is creation, and creation is God therefore Art is God! When you create you’re experiencing the God within.”
What made you want to get involved with our non-profit ART SAVES LIVES INTERNATIONAL mission?
“I was very happy and excited to hear about Art Saves Lives International when it first came out, I thought to myself: “wow! finally the world is taking notice that ART and our expression in this great vast sea of creation is possibly the only way to break out of this mental and physical war we have created for ourselves.” I strongly believe that Art is what will save and heal humanity today and I am very proud to take part in this amazing thriving mission.”
How can your art be used to create change and is this something you want for your art?
“My art is my tool for change, I use it to inspire people through being “the watchers” – Just like a Guru’s mind becomes the watcher and observer of his thought forms.
I present my performances as thought forms/patterns, that can inspire your mind, allowing what you need to sink in and what you don’t to pass you by.”
What are your goals as with your art?
“Expand human consciousness and build a bridge between the people and the divine through my movement.”
What is your next project or piece that you are working on?
“I’m currently working on introducing Medicine-Music through my dancing, Medicine-Music is a form of healing and connecting with the divine. It has transformed my performing space into a temple and I invite the world to take part in this global prayer. Aho!”
And is there anything you would like to add to your interview?
Love, light and gratitude to the world!