PROGRAM: Arts Development
AIMED AT: Artists, arts troupes, local audiences
Giving artists the chance to create work is one of the best ways to encourage creativity and expression. We regularly “commission” new projects. Some recent projects include:
Form: Yike (opera)
Artists: UY Ladavan & Yike Amatak
This was co-commissioned with Plerng Kob. Kakei is a traditional piece of Yike repertoire. However the troupe wanted to present it with a new angle, to question society’s expectations of women. The production premiered Bon Phum (Village Festival) in April, and has since been performed at locations around Phnom Penh in June – August.
Commission: Prolung Skor Chey
Form: Percussion and dance
Artists: Female artists from Sounds of Angkor troupe, with SUON Sopheak
Female artists from Sounds of Angkor created a 20-minute piece demonstrating leadership roles from women in the arts. This was performed at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Siem Reap, in January.
Commission: Traditional Dance
Form: Classical and folk dance
Artists: PHAL Saravuth, with Yu Vek Selapak
Yu Vek Selapak performs regularly in our Traditional Dance Show at the National Museum. In January we commissioned them to develop three new pieces: Melody of Drums, Tbal Kdoeurng, and The War of Pinunjit & Hanuman.
Commission: Pin Panchapor
Form: Dance and music
Artists: HANG Rithyravuth
This was our first collaboration with RUFA’s Faculty of Music. HANG Rithyravuth directed this piece which mixes contemporary and classical dance, with traditional music and martial arts. The dynamic story was inspired by Professor. HANG’s research into the well-known episode from Reamker, The Churning of the Milk Sea. The piece was first performed in May 2017 to a packed crowd at the National Museum of Cambodia
Commission: Healing Workshop
Form: Contemporary Dance
Artists: CHEY Chankethya, with Amrita Performing Arts
In March 2017, we commissioned a therapeutic project aiming to use dance as a way to heal trauma. The audience watched a solo performance by CHEY Chankethya on the theme of body memory, before taking part in an interactive and creative workshop.