Amrita's bi-annual Contemporary Dance Platform is back, exploring once again the horizons of Contemporary Dance through the eyes of Cambodian emerging choreographers.
The two commissioned artists are given six weeks to create their own pieces which will be showcased on June 3rd and 4th at 7.00pm at the Department of Performing Arts. Amrita will also be providing opportunities for our audience to engage further with our artists through a series of public talks and open rehearsal surrounding the performances.
For this cycle, two choreographers, Chey Chankethya (Kethya) and Ratana Chy (leak), who have both met tremendous success internationally and have collaborated with some of the most talented and cutting-edge choreographers like Peter Chin, Arco Renz, Emmanuele Phuon and Akiko Kitamura to name a few,will develop their exclusive pieces on the notion of space and time, and have one of their work-in-progress premiere for the first time in their home country. These time more than ever we want to engage local audiences to witness genuinely Cambodian high-quality contemporary work.
Our Artistic Director and a Fulbright scholar, Kethya, will explore theme of refugees through intertwining movement with props, text and multimedia, and draw on the true stories of her own family's experience. This will be one of the most ambitious pieces ever created for the Platform. In this process, two choreographic apprentices, Chey Rithea and Noun Sovitou, will assist Kethya. With this enriching and engaging apprenticeship, the creative process allows further capacity building for the two emerging choreographers.
Leak is stepping up as a choreographer to create a new piece of work. Leak has been an attendee at several choreographic residencies abroad but has never had the opportunity to utilize this experience in choreographing something in Cambodia, so we can't wait to see the results. In this piece, he will inquire into how movements and feelings are influenced by its environment.
Following these performances, our artists continue to have workshops with invited international and local dance practitioners to discuss and reflect on their future development.
Amrita's Contemporary Dance Platform in November 2015 and this upcoming one have been made possible with generous support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. In addition, Sabay will be acting as our official media partner. We would like to thank Khmer Arts for their continued support and in-kind contribution. As Amrita looks to further ways of choreographic development our artists, our Platform continues to evolve into a full-time three month residency for our choreographers at the end of this year, building on the works-in-progress created in the Platform.
We invite you to come discover the outcome of the intensive creative process by these young dynamic Cambodian dancers and dance makers on June 3rd and 4th!
Watch the presentation video Here