Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dance in progress

Arco Renz (left) with Chankethya, Belle and Chanmoly at the post-show Q&A. Performance photos were not allowed.
The first look at an untitled contemporary dance performance at Chenla Theatre tonight left me scratching my head. I'm not an expert when it comes to dance, far from it, and when the talk is all about time, absence of space, fragments of architecture and an alphabet of movement, frankly it sails miles over my head. A work in progress was what it was billed as and for me that was exactly what I saw. Even a post-dance question and answer session with the protagonists left me none the wiser. An opening ten minute segment by Belle was riveting, economical movements whilst building the tension within herself, though the rest of the 45 minute show left me wondering. The line-up of dancers for this production, which will be refined ready for a May 2011 premier at the Singapore Arts Festival, was a who's-who of contemporary dance. Under the direction of German choreographer Arco Renz, Belle was joined on stage by Chan Chankethya, Vuth Chanmoly, Yon Davy, Chy Ratana, Nget Rady and Phon Sopheap. It doesn't get much better than that for an array of exciting talent. So I'm sure by the time the finished article goes live in Singapore, it will have been reshaped into something that encapsulates what the director calls, "a creation of an idiosyncratic physical language and discourse via the parameters of dance." There you go, I'm lost again.

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Blogger jwmzzz said...

Thanks for an honest review. They're rare in the Phnom Penh press. An honest critique serves both your readers and the artists.
Jim Mizerski

December 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

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