PHLENG SPEAN CHIVIT

A work-in-progress presentation of Phleng Spean Chivit, a new classical dance drama inspired by the Japanese folktale Akoya-Hime, in which a woman who falls in love with a tree spirit must eventually fell his tree so that her community may build a bridge.

BELOVED

Layering evocative English narration, Khmer melodies, and Japanese Buddhist chanting onto a lush soundscape, Beloved casts a history of ritual lovemaking into the dancing bodies of gay men. Inspired by a tantric ritual recorded in the thirteenth century—in which the Khmer king would make nightly sexual unions with a naga—Beloved is a contemporary rain dance meditating on the nature and power of love.

Photo: Nobuyuki Arai.

Drops and Seeds

Created in collaboration with composer Ana Maria Rodriguez and lighting and stage installation artist Fred Pommerehn, and featuring performers from Ensemble KNM Berlin and Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, Drops and Seeds reflects on the cycle of violence and oppression that led to the brutality of the Khmer Rouge.

Video credit: http://tanzforumberlin.de

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DROPS AND SEEDS

Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA perform Drops and Seeds at the Department of Performing Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Photo: Nobuyuki Arai.

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Music: "Iguazu" by Gustavo Santaolalla.