Our Artistic Director at the BACC

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Photo Courtesy of Isaac oboka

Our Artistic Director, Chey ChanKethya, is going to perform her piece, My Mother and I, at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center on 2nd October 2014. The BACC aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programs for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It aims to open new grounds for cultural dialogue, networking, and create new cultural resources from both the public and the private sectors. Moreover, it is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.

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Photo Courtesy of BACC

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Belle’s Studying Life in Wellington, New Zealand

“I did show my dance to everyone, and they love it so much.” Belle. Chumvann Sodhachivy (Belle), our dancer/choreographer, is now in Wellington, New Zealand, for her second session of study at Victoria University of Wellington. She has made lots of friends and she has mentioned that life there is so much fun and fantastic but she miss her mother and Cambodia so much especially during this Pchum Ben period. She wants to spend times with her family and go to pagoda together. Belle has lots of things to do in class, very busy studying life she has right now. Although she’s very busy with school and homework, Belle will not miss any dance performance. She has joined many dance performances at Wellington in her leisure time. What an artist life! Also she has shown her Cambodian contemporary dance in a dinner meeting last night with her friends and teachers and they love her performance so much. “It was just a small dinner meeting with everyone like a hang out but it was so much fun and creative plus we shared lots of our lives stories and our talents. Some have talents and practice them in their leisure time and some (including me) have talents but develop them into career.” Belle.

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Through the Mask in Indonesia International Mask Festival

“Through the Mask” the work features two of South East Asia’s most exciting young dancers, Chy Ratana from Cambodia and Boby Ari Setiawan from Indonesia opens IIMF Solo Indonesia (Indonesia International Mask Festival) with their strong performances of the new piece, Through the Mask, which choreographed by Peter Chin of Tribal Crackling Wind. It was a great success of them at the historical ruins of Fort Vastenberg from the Dutch colonial period in Solo.

Photos Below: Photo Courtesy of Tribal Crackling Wind

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Pros and Cons in Obtaining Foreign Culture – Chey Chankethya

National Conference of Youth in Conserving and Developing Traditional Culture

© Isaac ObokaOur Artistic Director, Chey Chankethya, has been chosen to give a discussion in the National Conference of Youth in Conserving and Developing Traditional Culture at Chaktomuk Conference Hall on 25th of October 2014. She was in the topic of “Pros and Cons in Obtaining Foreign Culture, and in what way we can develop our Cambodian culture by accepting foreign culture?”

“Of course, there is no forbidden in accepting another culture besides their own culture. “-Kethya. The discussion went very well along with things worth spreading from Kethya to the audiences and Cambodian young generations to think and observe them any way they are favor of. Have a read about her ideas in this topic below:

Pros:

  • Expanding their knowledge in the acceptance of other cultures.
  • Personal development capacity.
  • Walking pace with society.
  • Promoting their national culture.
  • Getting a job opportunity.

Cons:

  • Confusion own identity if we do not have enough knowledge to own culture.
  • No value on traditional culture.
  • Copy from foreign cultures, lack of proper understanding.

These are the Pros and Cons in obtaining foreign culture. Kethya has given some messages about the benefit of obtaining foreign culture. She said, “We could convert foreign culture to serve social status and arts by having workshops, collaboration with foreign artists, sending our national artist to other country, comparing their own culture to another culture and find a new culture to serve the society.” Mostly, all artists always want to know more about their own culture after they know a lot about other culture.

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Shared Spaces Meeting

Our Executive Director, Kang Rithisal, is going to join Shared Spaces meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on 20th of August. Shared Spaces is an informal network, focusing on intercontinental work netting in the field of contemporary performing arts. Artists from many areas of the world have very restricted means to work and the global interest in their work is limited. Intercontinental exchange and cooperation istoday still very imbalanced. Shared Spaces was founded to counteract this situation. The guidelines of the network are the principles of mutual respect, individual engagement and solidarity. Shared Spaces is strengthening and broadening existing links between artists and organizations, and is grafted onto initiatives and events that have been initiated by the partners. The network is not the goal, but the means to achieve the following objectives:

- To raise the funding, independent and without imposed conditions, for artistic creation by artists from outside Europe and the US

- To improve the visibility and the intercontinental circulation of these creations

- To strengthen exchanges and cooperation on a long-term basis between artists and organizations on a global scale

The network itself is not funding projects. Its activities use existing infrastructure and programs rather than creating new institutions.

The networks activities include

- The creation of encounters, of opportunities for conversations and meetings

- The production of artistic work

- Mobility of people, information and projects

- training and capacity building

- Lobbying for more access for artists to intercontinental exchange

The networks tools are

- Online communication tools to share knowledge about existing possibilities and

opportunities

- Development of Shared Spaces projects for which extra funding can be applied

- Two annual network partner meetings, one of which is held outside of EU / US in

order to give visibility to artistic scenes less present in intercontinental exchange

- The creation of an emergency board, in order give short term support especially for

mobility

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Rady in Vienna

“Wien or Vienna is wonderful city and a lot of beautiful building. People are friendly and I am very happy to be here to join the different workshops and see some of the performances in the festival. First, I feel a bit nervous because I can’t understand however I have to run and the teachers are very nice to explain about the technique and movement; and it eases all the students to follow up and try to catch all the experiences. All the dancers from around the world would like to come to Impultanz to join the Vienna international Festival. Hopefully what I am learning could help me to get the new experience in my life of the dance technique and choreography to improve myself to find new ideal or different principles of my body to find the specific from what I will decide to do in the piece and also in the life as well. And I would like to share all these experiences to friends and young generations to understand or could help them for their next step as the dancer. At last I would love to say thanks for this great opportunity. I will observe all the things that I am learning here.” Rady

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Cambodian Shadow Puppet (Sbek), War of the Souls by CHEN Borey

Our dancer, CHEN Borey, has just finished his final exam at RUFA and has just received a great news that he has passed with a great score. Amrita Performing Arts is very happy for Borey whom is our teammate for this successful of him. He has choreographed and performed Cambodian Shadow Puppet (Sbek), War of the Souls. In this piece, he wants to show the audience that people who do good, they will receive good. No matter how much bad people want to attack you, you will never fail because you have done good things. These are some photos of his piece.

Borey final exam by Vathanak Moung (1)

Photographer: Moung Vathanak

Borey final exam by Vathanak Moung (2)

Photographer: Moung Vathanak

Borey final exam by Vathanak Moung (3)

Photographer: Moung Vathanak

Borey final exam by Vathanak Moung (4)

Photographer: Moung Vathanak

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