'Audiences know when they can see good art'

'Audiences know when they can see good art'

SINGAPORE - Some days, he's draped in an outrageous costume.

Other days, he's covered in body paint.

Mr Roy Payamal, 49, will do anything to entertain. He's found outside Tampines MRT station using quirky gestures to make you think he is underwater, flying or floating in space.

The mime artist said: "Busking allows me to express myself artistically and connect with the audience.

"The body is a marvellous thing. It can convey emotions, situations, even an entire story, without using a single word."

For the last 1½ years, he has been performing at Tampines from 7pm to 10pm on weekends.

Standing on a suitcase on a raised platform, he moves with the music amid the flashing neon lights that complement his performance.

Last Friday night, the crowd watching him grew to about 100 people.

Said waitress Najwa Malwah, 17: "When I first saw him, I thought he was a robot because of the way he moved."

There are some people who simply walk by, but Mr Payamal said: "If I can present engaging situations, I'm sure they too will stop and watch. Audiences know when they can see good art."

He first became interested in circus arts at the age of six, from watching circus performances on TV.

Though his own observation and research, he taught himself tricks like juggling and balancing objects on his chin, nose and head.

In his later years, he even taught himself how to become a fire-eater.

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