Chankethya Chey, the Artistic Director

Chankethya Chey (Kethya) started her classical dance training at the age of five. As one of Cambodia’s outstanding classical dancers, Kethya has performed nationally and internationally with the Cambodian Ballet Royal Troupe. In 2006, she was awarded a Choreography Arts Management Fellowship to support a three-month residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2009 she received an Asian Cultural Council grant to participate in American Dance Festival. Kethya has worked under some of the world’s leading contemporary choreographers at World Dance Alliance (WDA) choreographic labs in Brisbane, Hong Kong and New Delhi and has been a featured dancer in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin, Arco Renz and others who have toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Kethya was a soloist in CRACK, a contemporary Cambodian dance work by German choreographer Arco Renz that was awarded the 2012 ZKB Patronage Prize.

She was a 2011-2014 Fulbright and Asian Cultural Council grantee while earning her Master of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography at University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she was the Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award winner 2013. Kethya’s works have been presented at the Season of Cambodia Festival 2013 in New York, Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2014, Colombo Dance Platform 2016, and i-Dance HK 2016. Kethya became the Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts in 2014 and teaches dance at the Secondary School of Fine Arts.

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