PROGRAM: Arts Development & Knowledge, Networks & Policy
AIMED AT: Artists and audiences in Cambodia
In an ever-changing society, how do we define who we are? How do we respond to historical, cultural, geographical influences? Are our understandings of what it means to be Cambodian inclusive, and do they reflect the diversity that makes up the country?
We are excited to present Cambodian Living Arts’ first Cultural Season; a three-month program of performances, panel discussions, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops, from July to September 2018, curated around the theme “Exploring Identities”. Through this program, we want to start conversations among and between audiences and artists; and encourage people to question their perception of identities, and especially ideas about “Cambodian identities”.
We hope that our first Cultural Season will be a meaningful and inspiring journey. Please come with us on this exploration!
Most events are free admission, apart from the public performances at the CLA Theater. Tickets for these ($5 each) are available from the CLA Office, or via 096 883 9884 / 098 512 255. Preference will be given to students for tickets to performances hosted at universities. Some workshops require registration in advance – see below for details.
The story of a boy and his buffalo, told through dance and drama, exploring isolation, loneliness and a journey to empowerment.
Cambodian Mekong University, 19 July, 4.30-5.30pm
CLA Theater, 21 July, 4-5pm – Tickets $5, available via 023 986 032
An exploration of hopes, dreams and aspirations, told through contemporary dance.
SSFA, 20 July, 3-4pm
CLA Theater, National Museum 22 July, 6.30-7.30pm – Tickets $5, available via 023 986 032
Commissioned by CLA
A workshop focusing on teamwork and creativity, which allows everyone to explore dance movements regardless of ability.
SSFA, 20 July, 2-3pm – Registration required
Artists discuss how they express themselves through dance in the context of contemporary Cambodia.
SSFA, 20 July, 4-5pm
An ongoing photo project on people with mixed Cambodian ancestry, and the second generation Cambodian diaspora living in Siem Reap.
This was funded by a CLA Dam Dos Project Grant.
Bophana Centre, 15 August – 20 September
Artist Talk by SIV Serey, 6pm-7.30pm, 15 August
Reading of three scripts developed during a recent series of theater writing workshops held by CLA; ‘Fortune Teller’ but LIM Phanna, ‘Chapei’ by SOUNG Sotheara, and ‘Alone’ by CHHORN Sina.
CLA Theater, National Museum, 21 August, 2.30-4pm
A discussion of the roots of traditional theater in Cambodia and Malaysia
CLA Theater, National Museum, 23 August, 9-11am
Khmer and English language with translation
Excerpts from Cambodian Yike and Malaysian Jikey – two related traditional forms of dance theater,
UC, 23 August, 5.30-6.30pm
CLA Theater, National Museum, 25 August, 4-5pm
Yike in Khmer language; Jikey in Bahasa language with Khmer subtitles
A performance mixing drama, circus and puppetry to explore struggles for power and survival.
PUC, 24 August, 5-6pm
CLA Theater, National Museum, 26 August, 6:30pm-7:30pm
A screening of Mathieu PHENG’s “Une Minorité Visible Invisible” followed by a discussion about the Cambodian diaspora led by Jean-Baptiste PHOU.
Institut français du Cambodge, September 13, 6.30-8.30pm
A series of film screenings exploring different aspects of Cambodian identities:
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll: by John PIROZZI: 6.30-8.30pm, September 17
Where I Go: by Kavich NEANG: 6.30-8.30pm, September 18
Cambodia, here I am: by Jean Baptiste PHOU (followed by discussion): 6.30-8.30pm, September 20
Screening of B-Girl by Phally NGOEUM and Namratha THOMAS, followed by a workshop led by Women Peacemakers, exploring a dialogue on Diversity, Challenges and the way forward related to different Cambodian identities.
Bophana Center 2.30-5pm, September 19, Registration required
The life story of Pisey, a girl on a quest to discover who she is.
PUC, 20 September, 4.30pm-6pm – performance followed by Q&A session
CLA Theater, National Museum, 22 September, 4-5pm
Commissioned by CLA
Ceremony, dance and theater by Tong Nong Leh Village Arts Troupe, from the Kreung community in Ratanakiri province. Presented in Kreung language with Khmer subtitles.
UC, 21 September, 5.30-7pm – performance followed by Q&A
CLA Theater, National Museum, 23 September, 6.30-7.30pm
Kreung language with Khmer subtitles
Commissioned by CLA