Double Bills of “My Mother and I” and “Olden New Golden Blue” at Abrons Arts Center
Part of Season of Cambodia, A Living Arts Festival
In Olden New Golden Blue, five young Cambodians of a pivotal generation embody and synthesize contradictory ways of being in a contemporary Cambodian society of opposing currents. Tradition/experimentation, preservation/evolution, nostalgia/future-focus, spirituality/materialism, and public exhibition/private introspection collide and merge briefly in this new work by Peter Chin, created in collaboration with the Cambodian artists of Amrita Performing Arts.
My Mother and I, created and performed by Cambodian choreographer Chey Chankethya, will make its world premiere during the Season of Cambodia Festival.
Amrita Performing Arts is an international NGO based in Phnom Penh, with U.S. nonprofit status. Amrita is committed to creating Cambodian contemporary dance and theater, responding to the creative drive of a young generation of artists passionately dedicated to ushering their country’s ancient performing arts heritage into the future.
Tribal Crackling Wind is an interdisciplinary performing arts company based in Toronto. It was founded in 1999 to bring together the artists and means to produce the works of its artistic director, Peter Chin. Tribal Crackling Wind is a distinctive creative force, bringing riveting ritual-based events to acclaim in its native Canada and internationally.
Olden New Golden Blue was commissioned by the CanAsian International Dance Festival with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The work premiered in February 2011 at the Fleck Dance Theater, Harbourfront Center, in Toronto; produced by Tribal Crackling Wind.
Season of Cambodia is co-chaired by Anne H. Bass, John Burt, and Darren Walker. Lead support comes from the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Additional institutional support is provided by Eva Air, Asian Cultural Council, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Fresh Sound Foundation, The Kaplen Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Openbox Inc., The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh.
Photo credit: Jeremy Mimnagh
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