Emmanuele Phuon the Choreographer

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Emmanuèle Phuon is French-Cambodian and lives in Brussels, Belgium. She started her training with the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in Phnom Penh at age 5 and is a graduate of Conservatoire National de Danse d’ Avignon (France).

She has performed with the ElisaMonte Dance Company, a New York based company from 1989 till 1994. In 1995, she joined Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project for seven years, dancing in works by Taylor, Cunningham,Trisha Brown, Deborah Hay, David Gordon, Mark Morris, Lucinda Childs , John Jasperse, Meg Stuart among many others.She also appeared in the operas Orféo and Marco Polo choreographed by Martha Clarke, and in Joachim Schloemer’s opera La guerra d’Amore and The day I go to the body, a piece created specifically for the Salzburg festival in 2002. She is currently performing with Yvonne Rainer’s informal company, the Raindears, touring Europe and the US regularly.

Ms Phuon received grants from the Asian Cultural Council grantee in 2009 and in 2015 and is the choreographer of the Khmeropédies project, a project which started in 2007 and aims to inspire young Cambodian choreographers to question and re-think their cultural heritage in dance, to keep the tradition alive and evolving. Khmeropedies, a dance in three parts was presented at the New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas in 2010, the Spoleto festival in 2011, at the Guggenheim Arts and Process in 2013 and toured Singapore, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and New Delhi. She is currently working on a new piece with Amrita Performing Arts, Brodal Serei.

Photo by Maëlle Lemaitre.

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