Ellen Rijs is an artist.

Ellen Rijs holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Monash University) and has studied Classical Ballet, Butoh, The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Viewpoints and The Meisner Technique. Ellen has participated in Butoh workshops with Dairakudakan, Semimaru (Sankai Juku), Yumi Umiumare, and Mutsuko Tanaka and Body Weather workshops with Tess De Quincey. She regularly participates in Butoh training with Tony Yap and Yumi Umiumare. Ellen completed a Company Internship with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in 2008 and in 2006 she was a member of the St Martins Performers Ensemble. Before Red Moon Rising was formed, Ellen co-founded Look Twice Theatre, a group of Melbourne-based artists interested in making devised physical theatre. Ellen directed and produced Beta Life (45 downstairs) and Split (Melbourne Fringe Festival) for Look Twice Theatre.

Performance credits include: The Oak’s Bride (development showing at La Mama), Beyond Butoh 08 (Yumi Umiumare), Zeitgeist (Zen Zen Zo, Dir. Lynne Bradley), Beta Life (Look Twice Theatre), Radicals and Misanthropes (St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Dir. Christian Leversley), Z: A Dance with Appendages (Monash, Choreo. Rebecca Hilton), A Revenger’s Tragedy (Monash, Dir. Michael Coe), Nowingi (MST, Choreo. Bryan Davidson-Blue).