Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 4 June 2019

Greetings,

Wednesday 5, 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop. Limited spaces, bookings essential.
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Thursday 6, 6 pm at Chinese House, the opening of Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier. “Elsa gets her inspiration through the photos of time and the stories of people whom she met. She can find herself lost in wonders of art when even a single word whispered can trigger the urge to draw or paint.  Art has opened the world to her anew, only this time through the eyes of an artist.” Music will be provided by the Blues Routes Trio, and canapes will be served until 7 pm.
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Also Thursday 6, 6 pm at The Box Office, theatrical group Phnom Penh Players are holding a pitch party for productions for the second semester 2019.
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Also also on Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Untitled: A Performance by Than Sok, followed by discussion with the artist. “What is the meaning of a presentation? How real is it? In a performance, stage is very important for the performer. Do you know what happens behind the stage? In order to reveal not only the front stage, the artist decides to perform both in front and behind the backdrop. Therefore, a stage is just a line that divides between the front and the behind of a scene. Sometimes, the artist thinks that he is not the performer but rather the stage, whereas the audience is actually the performer.”
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untitled than sok

And finally on Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, Melodies by the Mekong: A Friendship Concert by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, in celebration of the 121st anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. For seat reservations: 098-888-920 or phnompenh.pe[at]dfa.gov.ph with subject MADZ.

Saturday 8 from 9 am a Q-Tips painting workshop at Eleven One Kitchen in BKK1 by Zyct Artistry. Limited places, bookings recommended.
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And then Saturday 8, 3 pm at The Bridge SOHO in Tonle Bassac, Zyct Artistry offers a workshop in Optical Illusion: Tape Painting.
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Sunday 9 from noon, the opening of the new facility ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, with activities including huge mural painting and live paintings, three exhibitions, free workshops, live music, and the launch of the KBach Arts Competition 2019.
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Sunday 9, 2 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects is holding a public information session about new contemporary art and photography classes, from July to September, which will include scholarships for talented and committed individuals. Application deadline is 23 June 2019.
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Monday 10, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan, opened last night and will continue until June 29. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.”

Coming soon:

  • Over the weekend June 14 – 16, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca. “The play imagines the world as a Great Theatre. God wants to celebrate his greatness, and for that, he calls souls and assigns them roles to perform. In the end, when the work is finished, and everybody is dead, the actors receive a prize or punishment according to whether they acted well or badly.” Tickets $10, available from The Box Office – Phnom Penh, D2 Smokehouse, YK Art House or Mang Miguel Kainan
  • The new season of performances by New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap opens on June 15
  • A joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture), opens June 20
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.
See you about…

Fabian Hipp
Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 5, 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop.
More info

Thursday 6, 6 pm at Chinese House, the opening of Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier, with music by the Blues Routes Trio.
More info

Thursday 6, 6 pm at The Box Office, Phnom Penh Players are holding a pitch party.
More info

Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Untitled: A Performance by Than Sok, followed by discussion with the artist. More info

Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, Melodies by the Mekong: A Friendship Concert by the Philippine Madrigal Singers. For reservations: 098-888-920 or phnompenh.pe[at]dfa.gov.ph with subject MADZ.

Saturday 8, 9 am at Eleven One Kitchen, a Q-Tips painting workshop by Zyct Artistry.
More info

Saturday 8, 3 pm at The Bridge SOHO in Tonle Bassac, Zyct Artistry offers a workshop in Optical Illusion: Tape Painting.
More info

Sunday 9, 12 noon, the opening of the new facility ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh including the launch of the KBach Arts Competition 2019.
More info

Sunday 9, 2 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects is holding a public information session about new contemporary art and photography classes.
More info

Monday 10, 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:

 At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.” Until June 29.

At Bong the Gallery, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga. “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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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 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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