After 3 weeks of hard working phase 2 development, Emmanuèlle Phuon worked with the dancers to continue develop her work in progress, Khmeropedies III: Source/Primate. This work will be presented at the Works and Process at the Guggenheim in April 2013 as part of the Season of Cambodia Festival, organized by Cambodia Living Arts.
About the Work
Khmeropédies III is the continuation of a project that wants to develop a specifically Cambodian contemporary language in dance, based on Cambodian cultural elements and Cambodian Classical dance. It is the encounter of a contemporary dancer, myself, with Cambodian dancers. In this process everyone learns from each other.
Khmeropédies III takes its source in the study of monkeys, as did the old masters in the tradition of the monkey role. We follow the same path, adding modern resources such as video footage and scientific studies of primates.
Eric J. Sargis, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Yale University, acted as the Scientific Advisor for this piece. Dr. Sargis’ expertise was especially useful when explaining how different primates move, stand, and sit (he is a specialist in functional morphology and positional behavior). He also helped in the construction of the different characters, providing the many details that make a character come alive such as attitudes, calls, motivations, etc.
About the Choreographer
Emmanuele Phuon is French-Cambodian and lives in Brussels, Belgium. She started her training with the Royal Ballet of Cambodia at age 5. In 1975, she moved to Bangkok with her mother where she lived until age 16. At that time, she decided to become a dancer and left for Avignon (France) where she studied and graduated from the Conservatoire National de Danse in 1986. In 1987, she went to New York. She has performed with the Elisa Monte Dance Company from 1989 till 1994, the Baryshnikov White Oak Dance Project from 1995 till 2001 and has worked with Martha Clarke, Joachim Schloemer, Meg Stuart among others. She is a 2009 Asian Cultural Council grantee and recently joined the company of Yvonne Rainer with her latest creation, Assited Living: Good Sports 2.