Sunday, June 26, 2011

Moly departs too

Soon to be gone but not forgotten, Vuth Chanmoly
Following closely on the heels of Chey Chankethya leaving these shores to study in the United States, another star of the classical and contemporary dance fraternity here in Phnom Penh will also be on her way soon. I couldn't make it but tonight was the leaving party for Vuth Chanmoly, who is moving to live in France following her marriage last month. Moly as she's known, has been a leading light in the classical field for many years, completing her BA in 2003, specializing in the male and giant roles, travelling the globe and touring with the Royal Cambodian ballet as well as following her mother, Soth Somaly, as a teacher at the Secondary School of Fine Arts. She has also turned her hand to contemporary dance as well and included an appearance in Where Elephants Weep, which received great acclaim when it was performed in the capital. I know Moly will be missed by so many friends, her work colleagues at Bayon TV and fans alike.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Five members of the Royal Ballet also departed for France, Spain and Belgium over the weekend. They'll be back in six weeks though, which is a relief.

June 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

yes indeed, a small troupe of dancers and musicians, 15 in all I think, will be performing in Europe soon. However, most of the best dancers, the most experienced and accomplished, are being left behind. But as its only a small troupe that is travelling, there will always be someone left back at home.

June 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure about that. It's a small troupe and they are adding two very accomplished dancers to their troupe (one being the last White Apsara) who live in France now. The dancers going are pretty accomplished as I understand it...

June 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Okay, that's good, Just that I had dinner with one of the most accomplished dancers this week and was a bit disturbed about some of the things I was hearing about the selection policy for these trips abroad. But I was only hearing one side of the story of course.

June 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure it's only one side of the story. Also, I think PBD has her own ideas which sometimes diverge from the teachers. A complicated process. But it seems on this tour at least two of the top dancers are going...

June 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM  

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