Chy Ratana The Choreographer

Photos by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Chy Ratana in Woven by Peter Chin. Photo courtesy of Cylla Von Tiedemann.

Chy Ratana (Leak) comes from a family of artists and therefore considered studying dance as natural. He graduated from the Secondary School of Fine Arts with a Baccalaureate in 2000, specializing in the monkey role of Lakhaon Khaol (Cambodian classical male masked dance) form and in 2012 was awarded a BA degree in choreographic arts at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh.

In 2006, Leak developed a strong interest in contemporary dance and since then has been a featured dancer in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin, Arco Renz, Akiko Kitamura 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 and choreographer. He was a featured dancer in CRACK – a work of Cambodian contemporary dance by German choreographer Arco Renz that was awarded the 2012 ZKB Patronage Prize in Zurich Switzerland in September 2012.

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