Sunday, July 25, 2010

Totally professional

American Ambassador Carol Rodley presents Sophiline Cheam Shapiro with flowers at the end of the performance
The finale of a week's worth of events to celebrate 60 years of Cambodian and American cooperation on the diplomatic front was a rare performance of Seasons of Migration by the Khmer Arts Ensemble at Chaktomuk Theatre last night. This piece of classical dance was the brainchild of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, who introduced it to the packed hall after opening remarks from officialdom. A beautiful programme helped explain the dance in detail to the gathered throng and was a perfect guide, both in Khmer and English, to helping the mixed audience understand what they were watching. The Khmer Arts team are experts in what they do, totally professional and it showed with another faultless performance from all concerned.
On a separate note, Meta House are extending the run of screenings for the documentary Enemies of the People to include Sunday (9pm) and Monday (7pm) to cope with demand to see the film. It's been the most successful film Meta House have ever shown and entry will cost you $5. At 7pm tonight Meta House will also screen We Want (U) To Know, which also has the Khmer Rouge conflict at its heart. Tonight at The Flicks on Street 95 you can watch the Khmer version of New Year Baby at 6pm and then the English-language version at 8pm. It's free and director Socheata Poeuv will be presenting her film.
I forgot to mention that Espresso (or is it Expresso) Thmei turned out for a rare performance at the Dream Up bar on Friday night. The slimmed-down version of the Cambodian Space Project that involves just singer Srey Thy and guitarist Scott Bywater were excellent and hearing Thy's voice so clearly without the rest of the band, for such a small venue as Dream Up, was perfect.
The Khmer Arts Ensemble performers on stage at Chaktomuk theatre
The excellent programme that accompanied the classical dance performance

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