Thursday, February 3, 2011

For whom the belle tolls

There's an opportunity to see some of the best contemporary dancers in Cambodia next Wednesday (9 Feb) at Gasolina on Street 57 in BKK1, starting at 7pm (entrance $2 for foreigners like me). Belle, the doyenne of her own Silver Bell group of dancers, will lead her team through a series of solos, group sessions and a slice of traditional dance and music amongst the mainly contemporary offerings. It's a repeat performance, with some variations, of the birthday bash they put on at Chinese House in September of last year. And that was memorable, so get along to Gasolina next week for a worthwhile repeat.
A few days later Belle, alongwith Chy Ratana, Phon Sopheap, Noun Sovitou and Chey Chankethya, will take their considerable talents over to Canada, where the 2011 CanAsian international dance festival is being held towards the end of next month. The five Cambodian dancers will perform on two nights, 24 and 26 February at the Fleck Dance Theatre under the guidance of multi-discipline artist Peter Chin, in a collaboration with his Tribal Crackling Wind company. It then looks likely that further overseas trips to Malaysia in March, to Singapore in May and then the United States will follow.
Belle at the Silver Bell show at Chinese House last September

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