Saturday, October 15, 2011

There's no mistaking the brilliant Belle

Trying to capture a moment of stillness in Belle's shows is extremely hard
For my birthday treat I went to watch Belle's latest dance show at Chenla Theatre under the Dansez! Roam! series, which was titled 'My Name Is...!' It was a very personal performance, a sort of 'This is your Life' but in dance. The show talked about Belle's life, the trials and tribulations, the good and the bad. Her fellow dancers brought vitality, humour, teamwork and brilliant timing, as well as bags of individual talent onto the stage in large measures while Belle, as always, is in a league of her own when it comes to interpretive dance. Her myriad dance styles, her quickness of movement, her bold statements, all display a unique talent that Cambodia has never seen before. It sounds glib to say she is breaking new ground and pushing boundaries but that's exactly what she does with each of her shows. Whether she can continue to draw on her own reservoir of personal memories for the focus of her performances remains to be seen. Perhaps her interpretations will need to find new avenues though whatever they are, her talent for taking contemporary dance to new and exciting levels will remain undiminished I'm sure. There is afterall, only so many times that you can bare your soul.
The opening scene from Belle's 'My Name Is...!'
A brief moment of dramatic acting was also accompanied by a song from Belle
Belle and her troupe of male dancers take the stage by storm
Belle and her mother, the force behind her daughter's performances, take the audience's plaudits



Blogger Carl Parkes said...


Great photos. And Happy birthday! I have your blog on my Google Reader and so catch up on your comments most days, except when I am overwhelmed with stuff and sometimes need to do a mass cleaning of the recent posts.

But I've been reading you blog for several years, and I do deeply appreciate your outstanding efforts to keep everyone informed about news in Cambodia. You are a national treasure. Keep up the good work.

Carl Parkes
Southeast Asia Handbook from Moon Publications

October 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

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