Sunday, February 24, 2013

In public

There's a public showing of Khmeropedies III this Friday 1 March at 6.30pm at the Department of Performing Arts in Phnom Penh. Then the artists take their show to New York for the Season of Cambodia. Get along to watch on Friday, tickets are 2 bucks from Amrita. Be prepared for a lot of monkeying around.

Prumsodun Ok is an artist, teacher, curator, writer and workaholic who lives in Long Beach, California. He trained in Cambodian classical dance under the direction of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, the person responsible for the Khmer Arts Ensemble, who have their headquarters in Takhmao, just outside Phnom Penh. Prum is just about to publish a book he's written on one of the most sacred works of the Khmer classical dance canon, Ream Eyso & Moni Mekhala. Its a famous tale in which rival students of a powerful hermit bring life to lightning and thunder.  In Cambodia, it is performed in the elaborate buong suong ceremony to invoke the fall of rain, thereby seeking to ensure the fertility of the land and the prosperity of the people.

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