Thursday, March 3, 2011

Old(er) and the new

The regal Sam Sathya in classical costume
Although it's still a couple of weeks away, I'm already looking forward to Sam Sathya and Yon Chantha in a contemporary piece they are currently developing with theatre facilitator Bob Ruijzendaal. The performance is to be called Sospiri and will feature piano works by composer Franz Liszt. The shows will be over two nights, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March, at 7pm at Meta House with free admission. Chantha is an artist I have great hopes for in the contemporary scene that is taking off here in Phnom Penh, she's full of energy and vivacious enthusiasm, whilst Sathya has been the country's prima ballerina for more than twenty years and is keen to extend her repertoire whilst continuing to teach the classical dancers of the future at the Royal University of Fine Arts. It promises to be a meeting of the traditional and the new, with Chantha a regular face in Ruijzendaal's productions whilst Sathya is no stranger to appearing in contemporary shows like Where Elephants Weep and Khmeropedies.
Yon Chantha, vivacious and wonderful facial expressions

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