Saturday, August 7, 2010
Cambodia Youth Arts Festival at Chaktomuk. Everything went pretty much to plan, and though the speeches delayed the start a little, the audience, with a healthy mix of locals, foreigners and particularly youngsters, enjoyed themselves. On stage they got to see a wide range of acts, beginning with Kong Nay, the chapei master and he was followed by the classical dancers from the Royal Ballet. The entertainment just kept coming with traditional songs and dances, the circus performers from Phare Ponleu Selpak, the disabled dancers from Epic Arts and the finale, offered up by a rendition of three songs from the opera, Where Elephants Weep, with composer Him Sophy and two of the stars of the show, Marc de la Cruz and Amara Chhin-Lawrence. The show ended with all of the artists on stage joining in the fun. A great start to the youth festival which will explode again tomorrow night when there are two separate shows inside Chaktomuk, firstly the excellent play Breaking the Silence and then at 8pm, the already sold-out Winds of Angkor musical highlights. Count me in.
The classical dancers of the Royal Ballet perform the Teveak Sreysuor dance
Photographer Steve Goodman was at last night's performance and pictured this interested festival observer (courtesy of stevegoodman)