Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 21 April, 2015

Greetings – post-new year and what a smorgasbord.

Tonight, Tuesday 21, MetaHouse marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh with an exhibition of photographs taken by French photographer Roland Neveu on April 17, 1975. Only a handful of foreign press remained in Cambodia after the US evacuation operation, and Neveu’s work from that day is a rare photographic glimpse of the Khmer Rouge’s seizure of power. Opening from 6 pm, with a talk by Neveu at 8 pm.
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On Wednesday 22, Doors presents a special new year show by Cambodian Living Arts– always a great performance, highly recommended. Starts at 8.30 pm.
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Then on Thursday 23 Doors follows up with a performance by Amanda Bloom with her classical trio – original songs arranged for voice and piano with cello and bassoon. Starts at 8.30 pm.
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Beginning on Thursday 23, the French Institute presents the Cambodia Urban Art Festival, which includes exhibitions by Skateistan (featuring the first skateboards made in Cambodia) and French street artists Chifumi and Theo Vallier, and documentary screenings throughout the weekend. The official opening, at 6.30 pm on Thursday 23 at the French Institute, also features live painting performances and music fromKlapYaHandz.
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Also on Thursday 23 at Showbox, Swedish independent filmmaker Pär Larssonpresents a screening of two 30 minute films, Winter’s spring (2014) and 78 (2011). 7 pm start. A free event, with wine.
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Friday 24 and Saturday 25, the Phnom Penh Players present Romeo y Juliet at The Mansion, a chance to see a quite different boutique performance of the well-loved play. Seats to each performance are strictly limited. Two final performances will be held the following weekend, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 May.
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Bophana’s Cine Saturday this week features two documentaries, Khmok-Smach Khmer(2002) and Apsara Dance (2001), each focusing on significant Cambodian cultural practices. 5 pm.
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On the evening of Saturday 25 up in Battambang, Lotus Gallery (#53, St 2.5) presents the opening of Women by Women featuring artworks by Chhan Dina, Bernadette Vincent and Anna Sudra. “A salute to their beauty, strength and resilience.” Get along from 5.30 pm.
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Songbird, Chhan Dina

Meanwhile, back in Phnom Penh, on Saturday 25 at 7 pm MetaHouse presents three Cambodian TropFest short film festival winners: Ly Polen’s Colourful knots (2014, 7 min) which was awarded first prize; Somchanrith Chap’s A fistful of pebbles (2014, 7 min) which came third; and Chhin Sothea’s The scavenger (2014, 7 min) that received the Audience Choice Award. Also on the bill are additional Cambodian entries, and winners from last year. The filmmakers will be in attendance and will hold Q&A.
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Casting minds back to 2013, Kumnooh readers may recall the WASH collaboration, a Phnom Penh-based blending of poetry, electronic music and visual art. WASH alumni have not been resting – hard on the heels of Invisible Agent Records’ recently releasedAudio Mainline’s EP Soma comes Adrift, a new long playing electronic album by Ebauche, recorded in Cambodia, Ireland and Poland, with artwork by Adriana Snochowska. And when you read “electronic music”… well, it’s probably not what you think: “Lush drones underpin layers of intricate details, a minutiae of sonic touches which rise to the surface and drift away again, moving the listener through the soundscape in an almost hypnotic way.” Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for moreWASH activity in the coming months.

For a more rock’n’roll musical flavour of Phnom Penh, make sure you follow weekly gig guide LengPleng.com as well.

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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In brief: new and returning…
Tuesday 21 from 6 pm, MetaHouse marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh with an exhibition of photographs taken by Roland Neveu on April 17, 1975.
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Wednesday 22 at 8.30 pm, Doors presents a special new year show by Cambodian Living Arts.
More info

Thursday 23 at 8.30 pm Doors presents Amanda Bloom with her classical trio – original songs arranged for voice and piano with cello and bassoon.
More info

Thursday 23 from 6.30 pm at the French Institute, the opening of the Cambodia Urban Art Festival, which includes exhibitions by Skateistan and French street artistsChifumi and Theo Vallier. A range of activities including documentary screenings throughout the weekend.
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Thursday 23 from 7 pm at Showbox, Swedish independent filmmaker Pär Larssonpresents a screening of two 30 minute films, Winter’s spring (2014) and 78 (2011).
More info

Friday 24 and Saturday 25, the Phnom Penh Players present Romeo y Juliet at The Mansion. Seats to each performance are strictly limited.
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Saturday 25 at 5 pm at Bophana Center, two documentaries, Khmok-Smach Khmer(2002) and Apsara Dance (2001), each focusing on significant Cambodian cultural practices.
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Saturday 25 from 5.30 pm at Lotus Gallery in Battambang (#53, St 2.5),Women by Women featuring artworks by Chhan Dina, Bernadette Vincent and Anna Sudra.
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Saturday 25 at 7 pm MetaHouse presents Cambodian TropFest short film festival winners. The filmmakers will be in attendance and will hold Q&A.
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Ongoing….

Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242) presents Phnom Penh: Open City, Open Mind, featuring the work of Chhunly Poy and Kolab Koeurm (animation), Davit Pum (architecture), Chansi Voung (art and architecture), Prom Putvisal (painting and etching) and Kim Philley(fiction). Until June 11.
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A selection of local Cambodian artists, including Kong Monirath, Hong Bora, Chan Pisey, Moeu Diyadaravuth, Try Samphos, Sao Sreymao, Tek Tevinn, Ly Karim, and Phal Poursith, sharing reflections of the Khmer New Year season at Rik Reay Gallery (69c, Street 178 (near St 19), Phnom Penh), Runs through to April 27.
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At Bophana Center, Transmissions 2015, looking at the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh. Until the end of May.
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Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hosts Wonders of 1929, a collection of vintage photographs of Cambodia, the work of Georges Portal, a French actor and director.
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At Metahouse, Jews in Asia: Traces of Jewish Migration, an exhibition by Phnom Penh based photographer Anna Clare Spelman.
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Java Café presents Innermost II, a collection of new paintings by Heng Ravuth, “in which he continues to explore self-portraiture and the body as a medium for expressing the human condition.”
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Romeet Gallery (St 178 near St 19), presents Undivided Nature; the death within life / the life within death a new solo exhibition by Battambang based artist Sin Rithy.
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At the French Institute, an exhibition entitled Photography, space and architecture, focusing on Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports.
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McDermott Gallery Old Market Siem Reap hosts the Southern Spirits, a new exhibition by Kampot based artist Vincent Broustet.
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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 theNational 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 adult ballet and yoga. For more info contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com

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