Amrita Performing Arts and choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon will preview their third iteration of the acclaimed “Khmeropedies” in Phnom Penh on Friday August 26. From the Amrita web site:
Khmer / French choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon has created a work based on the master / disciple relationship, incorporating elements of classical court dance as taught by the master, with contemporary movements as imagined by her young students; exploring how and where the two worlds meet. The work is accompanied by a range of music from traditional Cambodian court music to Yves Montand, Einsturzende Neubauten and Cambodian hip hop.
An early work in progress of Khmeropédies II was presented in Phnom Penh in March 2009 and later in India, Singapore and Hong Kong. The full completed work of Khmeropédies I & II premiered at the Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut in June 2011 with subsequent performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, the Singapore Esplanade Studio Theater and the Podium Mozaiek in Amsterdam. The work will next be presented at the Spoleto Festival in the US state of S. Carolina in May 2011.
“We were all deeply moved, you might even say close to tears,” said Ralph Samuelson, former head of the Asian Cultural Council in New York, after watching one of the earlier performances. “This is a very beautiful, very special work and performance. It captures what we dream of when we talk about the creation of new expression growing out of traditional forms, staying close to the hear and spirit. The artists are courageous and beautiful. Tell everyone to see it.”
The performance, titled “Khmeropédies III: Source / Primates,” will be held at the Lyla Lagoon Sport Center, (map) #36, Street 508, Sangkat Psar Doem Thkov, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.
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UPDATE: Seats are very limited. Reservations are strongly recommended.