OUR WORK: 2018 Cultural Season “Exploring Identities”

PROGRAM: Arts Development & Knowledge, Networks & Policy
AIMED AT: Artists and audiences in Cambodia


2018 Cultural Season

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 Program

Buffalo Boy

Epic Arts

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

Khmer Language


K’dey Sromai

CHAMROEUN Sophea + troupe

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

Khmer language

Commissioned by CLA

2018 Cultural Season: Exploring Identities

Creative Dance Movement Workshop

Epic Arts

A workshop focusing on teamwork and creativity, which allows everyone to explore dance movements regardless of ability.

SSFA, 20 July, 2-3pm – Registration required

Khmer language


Self-expression through Dance

Panel Discussion moderated by HUN PEN

Artists discuss how they express themselves through dance in the context of contemporary Cambodia.

SSFA, 20 July, 4-5pm

Khmer language


Language Barrier

Photo Exhibition by SIV Serey

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

English language


New Scriptwriting – Stage Reading

LIM Phanna, SOUNG Sotheara and CHHORN Sina

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

Khmer language


The Root of Traditional Theatre Dance in Malaysia-Cambodia

Panel Discussion moderated by SUON Bun Rith

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


Yike & Jikey

Yike Amatak & Jikey Serei Malaya

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



Phare Ponleu Selpak

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

Khmer language


Une Minorité Visible Invisible

Film screening followed by discussion

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


Film Program

In Partnership with Bophana Centre

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


B-Girl and ‘Exploring our Cambodian identities’ 

Film and Interactive Workshop by Women Peacemakers

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 Center2.30-5pm, September 19, Registration required


Who Am I?

Spoken Theater by UY Latavann and SOUNG Sopheak

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

Khmer language

Commissioned by CLA


Tradition & Life

Arts from the Kreung community

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


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