Sunday, October 28, 2012

New York's finest

A classic pose from one of the Khmer Arts Ensemble dancers destined for New York
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but if I haven't, and you live in New York, then mark these dates in your calendar. 6 April through to 31 May, 2013. Why? In recent years, Cambodia’s artistic community has slowly been rebuilding itself, and this coming spring in New York the city will be alive with the Season of Cambodia Festival. This gathering of more than 125 artists, performers and scholars will present Cambodian film, dance, visual art, shadow puppetry and more at venues all around the city, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Asia Society and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The celebration is being hosted by Cambodian Living Arts, a nonprofit group founded in 1998 by Arn Chorn-Pond, who survived Cambodia's terrible past as a child and eventually came to the United States. “When I first returned to Cambodia in the ’90s after the Paris peace accord, my friends and I were finding master teachers living on the streets - poor, weak, without food and basic health care,” said Chorn-Pond, whose work in rescuing these artists was detailed in the PBS documentary, The Flute Player. The festival's full programme will be announced soon, though I'm told one group of performers from the Khmer Arts Ensemble, based near Phnom Penh, will be making the trip to showcase their work. Find out more about the Festival here.

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