Classical Dances Premiere Saturday

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"Robam Virayeak", one of the three original dances to premiere at the Khmer Arts Theater. (Photo: Sophiline Arts Ensemble)

PHNOM PENH, September 2, (Khmer Times) – Three original Cambodian classical dances will have their premiere at the Khmer Arts Theater in Takhmao town this Saturday. 

The event named “Tompeang Snong Russey”, presented by the Sophiline Arts Ensemble, will feature new and experimental dances from emerging choreographers. 

“Womb”, the English translation for “Phob”, is choreographed by the Sophiline Arts Ensemble Associate Artistic Director Chao Socheata. The dance is an infusion of classical and contemporary dance moves that revolve around the violence and suffering sometimes experienced by orphans. 

“Robam Virayeak” will be performed by Ensemble members: Kong Oukma, Rin Sreyleak, Sao Phirom, Sao Somaly and Sot Sovanndy. The dance portrays the fight between divinities and demons, and the determination needed to tackle life’s obstacles.

An excerpt of “Beloved” will be taken to the Cambodian stage for the first time by Prumsodun Ok, associate artistic director of Khmer Arts Academy (California). The extract is a blend of sound, narration, music, and classical dance to depict a history of ritual lovemaking through the dancing bodies of gay men.

Khmer Arts Academy is Sophiline Arts Ensemble’s sister program in the USA. Sophiline Arts Ensemble is an internationally known classical dance company. 

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