Arifwaran Shaharuddin

Born in 1978, Arifwaran began his carrier professionally at a very young age with some of Malaysia's leading director and choreographer, his knowledge and interest on the forms of theatre and dance ranges mainly in the development of traditional and contemporary arts idiom.

An alumni of the well known performing arts institution of Malaysia The National Arts Academy (Akademi Seni Kebangsaan). This has made him directly involved with some of the major traditional arts master namely The late Khatijah Awang  and The late Awang Hamzah who are his biggest influence in understanding the need of interpretation and the accommodation of traditionality in the new representational world of urban contemporary life. In 2008 he was selected as a finalist for dance for the Rolex mentor protégé arts initiative.