Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 14 January, 2020

Greetings:

Tonight, Tuesday 14, Beginnings, hosted by Design Kompany:  “A one-night only conversation party for just six, Beginnings sets a stage for us to expect… the unexpected. Readings from new poems and plays, and more, at this mini-party ‘blind date.’ Should be a good mix, if mini parties in Hanoi, Bangkok, Riga, and elsewhere are anything to go by..”
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Wednesday 15, 7 pm at Villa Grange, the monthly meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh with readings of poetry and prose.
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On Friday 17 at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Street Life Studies, an exhibition by students of the University of New South Wales and RUFA on street life in Phnom Penh and Sydney.  From 4 pm.
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Also on Friday 17, at Sra’Art (Sothearos Blvd), the closing night for the exhibition Apsaras and legends of Cambodia will feature dance performances at 6.30 pm, 7.15 pm and 8 pm.
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Phnom Penh Players are holding auditions this weekend for The Nether, a play by Jennifer HaleyFriday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19.  Both cast and crew are sought.
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On Saturday 18 at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, as part of the exhibition Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry, an artist talk .  “I wanted to capture moments of everyday life in the villages and document the challenges the fishermen and their families face living on the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.”  Khmer language event with English support.  From 2 pm.
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Sunday 19, 8 pm at The Plantation, a piano recital by Etienne Chenevier featuring works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
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Hour Soben, winner of the KBach Artist Competition 2018, is exhibiting first solo show, Dream, at KBach Gallery until end of January 2020.
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Coming soon:

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.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

 



Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others

Exhibitions:  
At The Plantation until 14 February, an exhibition by Thai painter Attasit POKPONG. Selected works from Thai oil painters Natthiwut PHUANGPHI and Dusit PIMCHANGTONG are also be featured.
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At Sra’Art (Sothearos Blvd), Apsaras and legends of Cambodia, a tribute to HRH Norodom Buppha Devi, with photographs by Arjay Stevens and paintings by Khun Kolkateka inspired not only by the Princess but by all legends of Cambodia.  “The photos will present a parallel between apsara dancers and the old sculptures of the Chenla era.”
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Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, celebrating their third anniversary, host the Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry.  “The Artist will deliver a talk on January 18, 2020 and in February MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space will present a free photography workshop with photographer Serey Siv, co-founder and director.”
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At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
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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:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
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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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Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

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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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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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