Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 28 May 2019

Greetings,

On Wednesday 29, from 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop. $5 includes 200g of clay and use of basic tools. Reservations essential, as there are only eight spaces available.
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On Thursday 30 at Bophana Center, the launch of The Basis to Step Forward, by Sou Savoeurn. “As a part of promoting the reading culture as well as encouraging Cambodian writers, the Bophana Center, the Scholar Library, and Business Record co-organize a launching party. Free admission, limited seats.   From 5.30 pm.
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On Thursday 30, at 6.30 pm, the French Institute presents Danse mes meres et moi (My mothers and I), a dance performance by Chey Chankethya. “How is the legacy of Cambodian classical dance restyled in the contemporary practice of dance? This dance explores relationships between three women (choreographer Chey Chankethya, her mother and her dance teacher) to create a dialogue about the tension between the individual’s need for freedom and the oppressive conventions of the closed worlds.”
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Also on Thursday 30, from 7 pm, the Feminist Voices open mic – pride edition – at Cloud. “We celebrate Pride, in solidarity with the global LGBTQI+ community, and discuss radical love, openness, acceptance, diversity, and of letting ourselves, and others, just be who they are.”
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On Friday 31, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga opens at Bong the Gallery, 7 pm – 11 pm. “Find silence, peace, harmony in what you do, by and without achieving anything else than a purpose of creation, for the sake of doing it, which declares in her creative process a meditative state of happiness. Formats and tools are various, not less irrelevant, but more decisive how cultural and traditional heritage enfolds in its constant motion and transformation.”
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On Sunday 2, from 6 pm, the annual summer charity concert by choir Musica Felice at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, featuring choral works of Saint-Saëns, Karl Jenkins, Mozart, Bizet and others, and collaborating with Cambodian artists in new arrangements. $10/$5
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Monday 3, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 29, 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop.
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Thursday 30, 5.30 pm at Bophana Centre, the launch of The Basis to Step Forward, by Sou Savoeurn. Free admission, limited seats.
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Thursday 30, 6.30 pm at the French Institute Danse mes meres et moi (My mothers and I), a dance performance by Chey Chankethya.
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Thursday 30, from 7 pm, the Feminist Voices open mic – pride edition – at Cloud.
More info

Friday 31, 7 pm, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga opens at Bong the Gallery.
More info

Sunday 2, 6 pm at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, the annual summer charity concert by choir Musica Felice. $10/$5
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Monday 3, 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:

At the French Institute, Shadows and Lights, featuring works by renowned photographer Klavdij Sluban with the young photographers of the Royal University of Fine Arts and le Studio Images. “Considered as one of the most important French photographers of his generation, Klavdij Sluban’s work is regularly shown in the most important museums and international art centers around the world. In Phnom Penh, he chose to work on a theme he is particularly fond of – shadows and lights, the mystery of the places and the situations”
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At Java Independence, Micro Organics, an exhibition by Yim Maline. “Yim Maline’s artwork starts with walking. Walking through natural spaces, undisturbed by human intervention. The shapes and colors of flowers, roots, and trees that she observes form the basis of her compositions. It is in these quiet landscapes that Maline seeks a reconciliation with her personal history and the cycles and resilience of nature. This exhibition is included in the programme Landscape Afterwar(d)s.” Until 21 June.
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In Siem Reap, at MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space, A place for us, a group exhibition by artists of Open Studio Cambodia, based in Kampot – featuring work by Chan Phoun, Morn Chear, Pav Rasmey, Yim Mary, Long Lavy, Srey Norp, Rath Rathana and Lauren Iida. “Every piece unravels a story for the viewer, often autobiographical, from anecdotal to epic, uplifting to tragic to otherworldly.” Until 10 June.
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At TRIBE Cambodia, in Siem Reap, Elements, the first exhibition in Cambodia by UK artist Carne Griffiths. Until 31 May.
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At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
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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 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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Dance:

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
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Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
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Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
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The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
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Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
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N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
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Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
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Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
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Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
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Fortnightly on Wednesdays, at Cloud, a poetry writing workshop hosted by Jessica of Feminist Voices Phnom Penh for anyone looking to expand their writing, find their voice and build confidence. Please bring something to write with.
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New art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
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A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
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