Friday, February 11, 2011

Be quick about it

If you are quick you can catch a unique performance tomorrow, Saturday (12 Feb), at the Chaktomuk Theatre in Phnom Penh. It is a contemporary work in progress, called Ceremony Opposing Currents, from choreographer Peter Chin and it will be available for viewing at 3pm, free admission, get there on time and you will see it before anyone else. The five contemporary dancers are Belle, Chy Ratana, Phon Sopheap, Noun Sovitou and Chey Chankethya, and they will take their dance over to Canada in a few days time for the 2011 CanAsian international dance festival, performing on two nights, 24 and 26 February at the Fleck Dance Theatre in a collaboration with Chin's Tribal Crackling Wind company. This is a real one-of-a-kind opportunity.
I'm still waiting to see a schedule of events for the Performing Arts Festival 2011 organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts this month. Like last year, I saw it at the very last minute as many groups come to the city from the provinces to showcase their talents. I know that the Khmer Arts Ensemble will be performing their Pamina Devi show during the festival, as will many others. But as yet, I don't have any detailed information in my grubby mits. Also later this month is the French Cultural Center's Dansez Roam! series. Some of Cambodia's best dancers will be part of the latter's Chenla Theatre production on Friday 25 February and the next day (free tickets from Amrita Arts and the CCF), with Street Dances taking place along Sisowath Quay on 27 Feb with some 20 dancers taking part.
On a completely different tack, a female stand-up comedian Kitty Kavanagh, all the way from Birmingham, UK will be taking part in the regular Java Arts On The Spot open mic session on Wednesday 16 February. Kitty is travelling in this part of the world and having given up her day job with The Times newspaper, she is reverting to her alter ego as a stand-up comedy artist. Find out more about her here. She will be sharing the event, which starts at 7pm, with Norwegian ambient composer Ingolv Haaland and Cambodian singer Ouch Savy, also known as one of the country's best chapei performers. Sounds like a very interesting combination.
Kitty Kavanagh, performing at Java Arts on 16 Feb

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