Cambodian Artists at World Stage

Two artists from Amrita Performing Arts, Phon Sopheap and Nuon Sovitou, are currently in Aachen Germany, performing in a new multi-media work of theater and dance entitled Tomorrow Maybe, directed by German Director Ludger Engels.  The participation of Amrita Performing Arts is made possible through support from the Goethe Institut Southeast Asia in Jakarta.  The work is now playing at Theater Aachen through December 3 and is slated to be presented in Cambodia sometime in 2012.

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The work investigates survival of dictatorships using Cambodia, Argentina and South Africa as vivid examples and incorporating multiple layers of theatrical vocabularies including spoken theater, puppetry, dance, and installation art.

About the Two Artists

Phon Sopheap studied Lakhaon Kaol (Cambodian male masked dance) and completed his training in 2000 and has toured internationally as a classical dancer.  With a strong interest in contemporary dance, Sopheap joined numerous regional dance workshops including the Young Choreographer’s Workshop in Surabaya in July 2006 as an ACC recipient where he created his first contemporary solo work entitled A Monkey’s Mask. Since then, Sopheap has toured internationally in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin, Arco Renz and others.  Sopheap is a senior teach of the monkey role at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.

Noun Sovitou graduated from the Secondary School of Fine Arts with a Baccalaureate in 2009, specializing in the monkey role of the Lakhaon Kaol (Cambodian male masked dance) form and is currently pursuing his Bachelor degree in choreographic arts at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh.  In 2006, Vitou developed a strong interest in contemporary dance and since then has been a featured dancer in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin and others which have toured internationally.  He remains faithful to his traditional skills but he is also eager to further develop as a contemporary dancer.

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