Sunday, January 17, 2010

What a feeling

Sadness was a key element of Moving into Feeling at Meta House. LtoR: Marine Ky, Mom and Yon Davy.
A third and final contemporary dance performance at Meta House took place last night in front of a full house. All three pieces of work are expected to be included in a new show called The Sound of Rice to be performed in early April. Last night's Moving into Feeling piece explored sound and emotions, with Mom and Yon Davy again giving us their own interpretation of the work, aided by coach Bob Ruijzendaal and artist Marine Ky. The sad sections were very sad and Davy remarked after the show that having to demonstrate all the different emotions left her "feeling a bit crazy in her head." Incidentally, Yon Davy will present her first independent choreography work at Meta House on Sunday 21 February.
Mom (red top) using some of her classical training in her movements
One of my favourite noodle girls, Vey (in yellow) with a colleague. Vey and Vanny work at the noodle shop on the corner of the road leading to Meta House, opposite Wat Botum.

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Anonymous eric said...

Was it last year the Peanut Princess...
It will be the Noodle Girl... in 2010?

January 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Maybe, maybe not. I always pop into the noodle shop by Meta House when I have time as Vanny, the owners' daughter, used to work with me at Hanuman. Vey is one of the shop helpers and has a beaming smile that never disappears, and a fun spirit. I always lean towards people like that.
Soon enough, I'll be back at the Olympic Stadium and we'll have to see if the Peanut Princess is back at her old haunt.

January 17, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Andy
I'm planning a trip to Prasat Preah Vihear, but I'd like to sleep on a hamac on the mountain top, wd you advise that? I wd like to photograph the temple just before sunrise. Do the Cambodian National Guard allow this?
Thanks for any info,

January 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Dear Samuel,
the simple answer is No, you cannot sleep at the top of Preah Vihear any longer as its now a World Heritage site.
However, I have heard of people staying with the troops (they knew members of the army so were allowed to stay), so if you can organize that, you'll be in luck.
As an alternative, you can stay at the village at the foot of the mountain (Kor Muoy) and arrange a very early ride up to the top to watch the sunrise. That's your best bet I would suggest.

January 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy, thanks a lot for the tips. I shall stay at Kuor Muoy. Best Regards, Samuel

January 19, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Kent Davis said...

Andy, I'm always amazed at what I find on your blog. (-:

But if "Sadness was a key element of Moving into Feeling" I have to say I'd rather spend a few hours with Vey and Vanny at the noodle shop.

Life is too short already to wallow in the dark side, no matter how dark it may have been.

January 20, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Kent,
there were both sad and happy elements to the dance last weekend, though the sadness ones did seem to last longer and brought the dancer Davy to tears. Hence why she said she found the piece very emotional. The simple fact of life is that Cambodia has suffered more sadness than most and its never far from the surface however much we try and look forward with optimism and a smile on our face.

January 21, 2010 at 2:12 AM  

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