Friday, May 14, 2010

In the mood for love

The unmistakable Belle, as captured by Anders Jiras
Tonight and tomorrow, free of charge if you get hold of tickets from CCF and Amrita, is the latest creation of Cambodia's contemporary star, 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.

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Blogger Paul said...

Completely agree with your comments on Dj's Pou Khlaing and Tony Real,They ruined the gig for me. on the collaborations with local artists at the Parkway gig on Tuesday on the other hand was superb

May 14, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I was cheesed off about it to be honest...and of course I missed the Tuesday Parkway show which I was told was great the way they incorporated the CLA artists. A repeat of that would've gone down very well.
Typical that I got the bum end of the deal and the Khlaing-Real endless rapping sequence, which went on and on and on, and returned for the encore. Then the very end was marred with some of Real's mates jumping on the stage and making an arse of themselves. All in all, pretty shambolic and if I was the US Embassy and had paid for the gig, I would've exercised much stricter control of its contents, and tightened security to deter the beer-swillers.

May 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

And I must mention of group of 4 tattooed French women with dreads, who appeared midway through the concert, pushed their way past hordes of Khmer families who'd been there from the start, obscuring their view and forcing some to leave the gig because their children could no longer see. They thought only of themselves (a common trait I've found in Cambodia) and couldn't care less when their arrogance was pointed out to them. They ignored the fact that the concert was for everyone, not just them - unfortunately the nature of the Khmer people is to let the barangs literally do whatever they like.

May 14, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

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