Kumnooh: weekly arts guide for Cambodia week commencing 25th June 2013

Greetings. Welcome to another week in the arts in Cambodia, in which we discover what to do instead of staying in and watching television.

The arts week kicks off on Wednesday at Meta House, with a piano recital by Loo Bang Hean, from Kuala Lumpur, playing selections from Beethoven, Franck, Prokofiev and Messiaen from 8 pm.  To make a reservation call 077 787038.  $5/$2 (students).
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On Thursday evening L’Institute francais presents an exhibition opening of paintings and photos by Nou Sary entitled Homme et nature (Man and Nature), from 6.30 pm.  The theme of the show is the virtuous circle between nature and humanity.
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Showbox expands its artistic range on Friday night with Side Effect, a contemporary dance event presented by a new ensemble, the Aroha Dance Group, 6 pm.  You can find Showbox at #11, Street 330.
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Saturday sees the presentation at L’Institute francais of a selection of Asian-French short films, in partnership with Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, from 5 pm.  The presentation is in two parts, the first representing French and the second representing Asia, with an emphasis on Cambodian cinema.  All films are in original language with English subtitles.  A Q&A session with Cambodian filmmakers will be held afterwards.  Free admission.
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Finally, Sunday afternoon at 5 pm it’s time to sharpen pencils and order a round for Drink and Draw Cambodia, at Baitong Restaurant, #7 Street 360, between Norodom and 51.
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One we missed:  an exhibition by visual and comics artist Try Samphors which opened on 17 June at Rik Reay gallery space, #69c, St 178, a Khmer noodle restaurant open daily until noon.  Be quick: only until the end of the month.
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One you might have missed: over at Art Radar Asia, Cambodian artist Amy Lee Sanford discusses her work and the state of Cambodian art today.

Don’t forget to book in advance for The Cambodian-American Friendship Concerts at the InterContinental Phnom Penh, presented by Cambodian Living ArtsBoston Children’s Chorus on Tuesday 2 July and New York New Music Ensemble on Wednesday 3rd.  Reservations and information: 023 986 032 or info@cambodianlivingarts.org
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Something else to look forward to is the Mahabharata Art Project, a dance performance under the auspices of Amrita Performing Arts, to be held July 12 and 13 at the National Theatre.  This project brings together dance artists from Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, under the directorship of Hiroshi Koike.
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And just a reminder of the exhibitions closing this week; your last chance to see:

A Thing of Smoke, Séra and Julianne Sibiski, at Romeet Gallery;
Blood and Sand: Erika Piñeros at Chinese House;
Enter, by Anida Yoeu Ali, of Studio Revolt, at The Insider Gallery, InterContinental Phnom Penh.

Check the on-going listings below for more details.

Make yours a creative week, support an artist near you!  And spread the word about Kumnooh, so we can build a better connected and stronger artistic community in Cambodia.  Thanks for your ongoing support.

Fabian Hipp



In brief: new and returning…

Piano recital by Loo Bang Hean,  Wednesday 26 from 8 pm at Meta House
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Homme et nature (Man and Nature) by Nou Sary, L’Institute francais, Thursday 27 from 6.30 pm.
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Side Effect, by the Aroha Dance Group at Showbox, Friday 28 at 6 pm.
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Asian-French short films at L’Institute francais with Kon Khmer Koun Khmer, Saturday 29 from 5 pm.
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Drink and Draw Cambodia, Sunday 30 from 5 pm at Baitong Restaurant.
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The Cambodian-American Friendship Concerts presented by Cambodia Living Arts at the InterContinental Phnom Penh: book now for shows July 2nd and 3rd.
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A Thing of Smoke, a collaboration between French Khmer visual artist Séra and American poet Julianne Sibiski, at Romeet Gallery on St 178. Until 26 June.
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Circus skills workshops with Phare, the Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June at 4 pm.
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Try Samphors solo exhibition at Rik Reay gallery space, #69c, St 178, a Khmer noodle restaurant open daily until noon.  Until the end of the month.
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Blood and Sand: Phnom Penh based photographer Erika Piñeros examines bullfighting in Colombia. Chinese House, Sisowath Quay. Until end of June.
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Enter, prints, textile-based installations and panoramic concepts by Anida Yoeu Ali, of Studio Revolt, at The Insider Gallery, InterContinental Phnom Penh. Until 30 June.
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LIFE IS- Snapshots of everyday life in modern day Cambodia, Daniel Rothenberg, photography exhibition opening at Meta House, Saturday at 6 pm. Until early July.
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Surviving, by emerging Khmer artist Chov Theanly, at Java Gallery & Café on Sihanouk Blvd. Until July 7.
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Sampot: The Collection of Small Things, by Chan Dany, at Sa Sa Bassac on Sotheros Blvd . Until 14 July.
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Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2009. Now exhibiting in three McDermott Galleries located in the Old Market Area, FCC Angkor Complex and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
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Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
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In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
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