The cultural festival Season of Cambodia introduces New York City to the ancient arts of a Southeast Asian kingdom and to its contemporary artists working in visual arts, dance, theater and performance art. This April and May, you can get a taste of Cambodia in more than 30 favorite cultural spots around the city, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Le Poisson Rouge.
The Kingdom of Cambodia is known for the greatest architectural wonder of Southeast Asia—the temples of Angkor Wat—and for one of the most horrific periods of civil war and genocide in modern times, the five-year reign of the Khmer Rouge (1974-79) during which nearly a quarter of the population perished. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s artists and intellectuals were purposefully persecuted and killed. Today, the country has less than two times the number of New York City residents and half the population is less than 25 years old.
The festival not only celebrates Cambodia’s art with exhibits and performances, but using talks and symposiums, examines the role art and culture plays in the social, economic and emotional rebuilding of a post-conflict nation. The festival’s leading artists include visual artist Sopheap Pich, composers Him Sophy and Chinary Ung, choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Amrita Performing Arts and the Royal Ballet of Cambodia.
Traditional elements of Cambodian art include dancing deities, Buddhist tales and mythological Hindu accounts of wars and creation, and will be brought to life in venues across New York City in the form of installations, puppet theater and performances.
Season of Cambodia is an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts, an NGO based in Pehnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Presenting partners include museums, performing arts centers and universities of New York City.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 - Sun, Jun 16, 2013
Ten works by the contemporary Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich (b. 1971) will be on display. Drawn from U.S. public and private collections, "Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich" is ...
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 - Sun, Jun 02, 2013
"Bomb Ponds" is a poignant series of photographs and a one-channel video by Cambodian artist Vandy Rattana (b. 1980) exploring the U.S. bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
Seasons of Cambodia. Water, Politics and Art: Contemporary Contexts for Architecture and Urbanism in Phnom Penh
Fri, Apr 05, 2013, 11:00 am - Fri, May 10, 2013, 6:00 pm
The exhibition Water, Politics and Art offers an introduction to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, as a Living Arts City.
Sat, Apr 06, 2013 - Sun, Apr 07, 2013
This two-day colloquium on April 6 and 7 brings together artists, performers, curators, arts managers, scholars and students in a series of facilitated workshops and discussions on how to make ...
Sun, Apr 07, 2013, 1:00 pm
A selection of videos documenting performance art works by seven Cambodian contemporary artists will be shown during a weekend symposium at Parsons.
Wed, Apr 03, 2013 - Sat, May 11, 2013
See recently restored glass-plate photographs of five dancers from Cambodia's Royal Ballet, made in 1927.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 - Thu, Apr 18, 2013
This large installation of 83 bamboo and rattan grids and tubular modules speaks to the recent, aggressive construction boom and the resulting depletion of natural resources in Phnom Penh.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 - Thu, Apr 18, 2013
Churning brings to life one of Phnom Penh’s main plazas at one of New York’s public gathering places.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
Since 1976, the New York New Music Ensemble has commissioned, performed and recorded the important and upcoming composers of our time. They have in fact been the means by which ...
Tue, Apr 09, 2013 - Sun, Apr 14, 2013
"A Bend in the River" includes a live performance of a richly percussive score by composer Him Sophy and life-sized puppets by sculptor Sopheap Pich.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013, 2:00 am - 2:00 am
Attending live dance performances can be habit-forming, so we recommend starting young by inviting children to the adult table. That's why The Joyce created this series -- family-oriented performances followed ...
Sat, Apr 13, 2013, 3:00 pm
Season of Cambodia is a city-wide celebration of Cambodian arts and humanities initiated by Cambodian Living Arts.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group) is the L.A. band's their fourth album, mixing Cambodian pop and American indie rock.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
A symposium featuring some of the most renowned contemporary Cambodian artists.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 - Fri, Apr 19, 2013
In a new ceremony, five young Cambodians embody and synthesize contradictory ways of being in a contemporary Cambodian society of opposing currents. Tradition/experimentation, preservation/evolution, nostalgia/future-focus, spirituality/materialism, and public exhibition/private introspection ...
Sat, Apr 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
Master of the chapei dong vong (long neck guitar), Kong Nay caught the ear of Peter Gabriel, who presented him at Womad.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 - Sun, Apr 28, 2013
Sbeik Thom shadow puppetry is an ancient and sacred form of Cambodian theater traditionally performed on ceremonial occasions.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - Mon, Apr 29, 2013
This dance performance by Khmer/French choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon will be followed by a discussion about animal and cultural behaviors.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
A pioneer in the preserving Cambodian classical court dance, the princess talks about the art form's demanding training and its warn-torn history with theater and opera director Peter Sellars.
Thu, May 02, 2013 - Sat, May 04, 2013
Resurrected spectacularly in the wake of the Khmer Rouge into a closely guarded yet flourishing modern form, the Royal Ballet comes to BAM with the breathtaking "Legend of Apsara Mera."