Friday, May 14, 2010
Belle. It will take place at Chenla Theatre both evenings, starting at 7pm and is called Aram, or Mood as part of the Dansez Roam! series. Belle will be leading another six dancers on stage including the expressive Yon Chantha and regular collaborators like Chy Rothana and Noun Sovitou. The piece will be divided into five scenes, each exploring a different aspect of love: love of ourselves; love of parents, family and relatives; love of friends; love of sweethearts; and love of society. I for one hope this will be explained to the audience before the performance begins to help them better understand what they are watching. All too often this important element is left out at the start and as contemporary dance is so new to the Khmer audience, they (and I) need more guidance about what they are witnessing. I'm really looking forward to it as Belle is not only a wonderful dancer but she is cutting her teeth at choreography, this is her third creation, and learning to mix it with music to enhance the audience's appreciation. The music for Aram will be provided by four musicians, with traditional and modern elements combined at a faster tempo than usual. Kicking off the show will be a performance from four disabled dancers from Epic Arts in Kampot and this is a great opportunity for these talented artists to showcase their skills too. This will probably be the last time to catch Belle in action before she leaves at the end of the month to perform in Singapore and the United States with the ultra-successful Khmeropedies roadshow.