Anyone who lives in or has been to Cambodia knows how fresh the wounds inflicted by the Khmer Rouge still feel today. Unresolved trauma from the civil war and genocide permeates the work of most artists who were old enough to have experienced it first hand (as well as many who weren’t).
In her newest work, the incredible choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro has taken a completely fresh and unique approach to navigating this trauma and grief, blending traditional dance, theatre and a classic folk tale to explore ideas about revenge and cycles of violence. I was lucky enough to interview her yesterday and to catch the performance at Chaktomuk Theatre… my boyfriend and I were both in tears. It’s just beautiful.
If you’re interested in learning more about the show, Sophiline, and the amazing work she does training the next generation of Khmer classical dancers, have a read of the interview and review here – and if you’re in Phnom Penh over the next few days, make sure you buy a ticket fast, because they WILL sell out!