SEASON OF CAMBODIA Festival Lights Up New York City's Cultural Scene, April-May 2013
Season of Cambodia
"By bringing artists and audiences together to celebrate Cambodia's rich cultural heritage, this extraordinary festival reminds us that the arts are the foundation of a more open, creative, and compassionate society" said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. "I applaud Cambodian Living Arts for pioneering this dynamic partnership with some of New York's remarkable cultural groups, and look forward to the exciting performances, discussions, and exhibitions that will take place across the City during the Season of Cambodia festival next spring."
The Season of Cambodia line-up will feature an exciting range of public events throughout New York City. Theater and dance performances will include critically acclaimed performers and companies such as the Royal Ballet of Cambodia accompanied by HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi at BAM; Wat Bo Shadow Puppets at Arts Brookfield; Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and Khmer Arts Ensemble presented by The Joyce Theater; and Amrita Performing Arts presented at Abrons Art Center and at Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Rubin Museum of Art will host a Cambodian New Year's celebration featuring ritual and sacred music.
Cambodian music, ranging from rock-and-roll to folk music to contemporary chamber compositions, will be heard during the festival, with world-renowned musicians Dengue Fever and Chinary Ung in separate programs at Le Poisson Rouge and Champei Dong Veng master Kong Nay playing his traditional long-necked guitar at Asia Society.
Internationally renowned contemporary artists, Sopheap Pich, Seckon Leang, and Rattana Vandy will be featured in exhibitions and public programs alongside emerging visual artists. Artist residencies and exhibitions of contemporary Cambodian art will be hosted by Asia Society, Bose Pacia, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Residency Unlimited, and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.
Provocative humanities events exploring themes such as cultural memory, art history, and the diaspora, as well as discussions on creative communities and urban development will be hosted by institutions including Asia Society, Cornell University, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, New York University's Asian-Pacific American Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, and Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Columbia University.
Master classes of Cambodian court dance will be offered through Mark Morris Dance Group as well as at DANY studios, while master Kong Nay will collaborate with students and faculty of Jazz at the New School.
Season of Cambodia is co-chaired by Anne H. Bass, John Burt, and Darren Walker. Lead support comes from the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The Kaplen Foundation. Additional support comes from Asian Cultural Council, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.
For more information, please visit the official website at www.seasonofcambodia.org.
The line-up of events and exhibitions, which is subject to change, follows. New programs and events will be added as they are confirmed.