Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 30 June 2015

Tonight, Tuesday 30 at 7 pm, Meta House presents the launch of Vanishing Act, a book by Ryun Patterson and Rick Valenzuela that delves into the life and work of Cambodia’s mystic healers and fortune tellers. An accompanying exhibition includes portraits and anecdotes from the people they met in producing the book. The evening will include an artist talk with the authors.
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At JavaArts gallery on Wednesday 1, the closing event of No Boundaries, an artist-run exchange project between Cambodian and Indonesian artists currently on show at Java Café and The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242). Site-specific performance by Diyano Purwadi and Tiarma Sirait. From 7 pm.
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This weekend, Friday 3 and Saturday 4, the Phare Ponleu Selpak open days features a visual art exhibition and performances from senior students in circus, music, theatre, dance and animation. The event will open with a selection of special circus, music, dance and animation pieces performed under the big top at the PPS campus, a concert commencing at 9 am on Friday 3. Activities continue through both Friday and Saturday, 8 am to 6.30 pm.
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On Sunday 5 at Meta House, The Piano Shop Concert Series continues with a cross cultural music/poetry performance, featuring poetry by Pal Vannarirak, E Soedergan and Eva Tina Byggamaester, and music by Ulf Aehlsund, De Fallas Villa Lobos and Norodom Sihanouk, performed by Anders Delin (guitar), Him Savy (flutes), Karl Jan Rahm and Pal Vannarirak (poetry). $10/$3. For reservations contact 077 787 038 or 016 985 828.  From 8 pm.
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Cambodia Sings!, in partnership with Music Arts School, has established a community choir, meeting every Sunday from 3 – 4.30 pm.   More info

Next week, on Wednesday 8, there is a special performance of Hamlet by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at RUPP Auditorium. Students free, adult price $5 – tickets go on sale from Wednesday 1.

In brief: new and returning…

Tuesday 30 at 7 pm, Meta House presents the launch of Vanishing Act, a book and exhibition by Ryun Patterson and Rick Valenzuela that delves into the life and work of Cambodia’s mystic healers and fortune tellers.
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Wednesday 1 at 7 pm at JavaArts gallery, the closing event of No Boundaries, an artist-run exchange project between Cambodian and Indonesian artists currently on show at Java Café and The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242).
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Friday 3 and Saturday 4, from 8 am to 6.30 pm, open days at the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus school with many activities. Special concert commencing at 9 am on Friday 3.
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Sunday 5, 8 pm at Meta House, The Piano Shop Concert Series continues with a cross cultural music/poetry performance. $10/$3. For reservations contact 077 787 038 or 016 985 828.
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Ongoing….

At Meta House, an exhibition by American artist Renee Cirlincione Smith, Lovely Skies.
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The Plantation presents a new exhibition by well-known Cambodian painter Chhim Sothy, Consuming Passion, inspired by the on-going environmental degradation seen all around us.
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The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (#59, Street 242) hosts No Boundaries, featuring the work of ten artists, five Cambodian (Kong Vollak, Chhin Taingchhea, Prom Vichet, Pen Robit, Nov Cheanick) and five Indonesian (Antonius Kho, Diyano Purwadi, Ipong Purnama Sidhi, Lenny Ratnasari Weichert, Tiarma Sirait), a co-display with Java Café. Until September 22.
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Romeet Gallery presents Phare Celebration; last but not least, a group exhibition of work by several Phare Ponleu Selpak artists, designed in the form of a family album. Until August 14.
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At Bophana Center, a photographic exhibition, Three Lives of Boeung Kak, explores the transformation of the Lakeside district of Phnom Penh over the past five years through the lenses of four amateur photographers. Until July 19.
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The French Institute presents an exhibition featuring illustrators from L’Ecole des loisirs, the French children’s book publisher celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Until July 31
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At Sammaki Gallery in Battambang, Meet the neighbours, featuring photographs from Ben Valentine and drawings, paintings and sculptures by local children.
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Lotus Gallery in Battambang (#53, St 2.5) presents Women by Women featuring artworks by Chhan DinaBernadette Vincent and Anna Sudra.
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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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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 the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Friday is a dance show, Saturday opera, and Sunday large shadow puppets. 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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