Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 4 March, 2014

Greetings.

At Meta House tonight, Tuesday 4, at 7pm, a performance of How to Talk to Dragons, by the Neak Allstars, a participatory art project brought together by German artists Ernst Altmann and Bjela Proßowsky, the culmination of six weeks worth of collaboration with local artists, tailors, shadow puppeteers, and musicians. The play will be performed in Khmer, a summary in English will be supplied.
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Tonight Tuesday 4 in Siem Reap it’s the fortnightly Spoken Arts night, at the Siem Reap Party House from 8.30 pm. Perform! Or just be there.
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At Java Café on Thursday 6 from 6.30 pm, a special evening presented by Amrita Performing Arts: Monkeys, Boxers and Apsaras: in search of Contemporary Dance, a conversation with choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon and dancers from Amrita Performing Arts, examining past collaborations and current works in developing contemporary Cambodian dance. Begins with a happy hour on the terrace upstairs from 5 pm. Free entrance.
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And should you be inspired to get your own dance on, regular dance classes for children and adults are commencing this week at the Phnom Penh International Institute of Arts on Tuesday afternoons and evenings.
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To celebrate Cambodia’s national cultural day Cambodian Living Arts are giving away 30 free tickets every day this week (until Saturday) to the daily Plae Pakaa performances at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Pick up free tickets at the CLA office (128-G9 Sothearos Blvd) 8am-12pm or 2-5:30pm – 2 tickets per person maximum.
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The Jorng Jam exhibition, a blending of family photographs, personal stories and contemporary art produced by Kong Vollak, Neang Kavich, Neak Sophal & Kim Hak, that ran recently at Bophana Center during the Our City Festival is now up online. Pip Kelly is now developing Jorng Jam II in Australia. If you’d like to be involved or know any Australian Cambodian artists, she can be contacted at: pipkelly26 [at] gmail.com

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In brief: new and returning…
Tuesday 4 at 7 pm, at Meta House, How to Talk to Dragons, by the Neak Allstars, a participatory art project. The play will be performed in Khmer, a summary in English will be supplied.
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Tuesday 4, from 8.30 pm, it’s Spoken Arts night, at the Siem Reap Party House.
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Thursday 6 from 6.30 pm at Java Cafe, a special evening presented by Amrita Performing Arts: Monkeys, Boxers and Apsaras: in search of Contemporary Dance, a conversation with choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon and dancers from Amrita Performing Arts, examining past collaborations and current works in developing contemporary Cambodian dance. Begins with a happy hour on the terrace upstairs from 5 pm. Free entrance.
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Ongoing….

In Battambang, Lotus Gallery, on St 2.5, presents the The darkness of the countryside, an exhibition by Battambang artists Nget Chanpenh and Hour Seyha. Runs until March.
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Made in Battambang at the Institut français du Cambodge, featuring 113 works by 26 artists. Until March 15.
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In Siem Reap, Fading Faces at The 1961: a dual exhibition by Kakkada Chhai and Phok Sopheap.
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Chinese House presents the opening of El Campo by Martin Bandzak, a photographic journey into the lives of the Subtiava community in Nicaragua.
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A good friend is hard to find, an exhibition of paintings by the late Svay Ken at Meta House.
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Phnom Penh: Rescue Archeology, a group exhibition featuring video and a reading station, at SaSaBassac (second floor, #18 Sothearos, near St 178). Artists involved include Amy Lee Sanford, Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, Sok Chanrado, Svay Sareth, Than Sok and Tith Kanith. Until March 15
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The quiet half of the sky, a series of paintings by Chhan Dina: “the surface reality of the daily work of Cambodian women, and draws up unexpressed dreams and aspirations from the souls of these mothers, sisters and daughters. […] These eleven strong pieces remind us of the people that we see, that we know, and that we are.” Equinox (St 278, near Wat Lanka). Until April 5.
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New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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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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DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in lyrical contemporary, commercial jazz and pop, hip hop and breakdance. Hotel Cambodiana Studio (via Physique Gym club reception). For more details contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com
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