Third Generation of Artists

Third phase of Filming

Third Generation of Artists

(Year 3, 2010)

The third phase of the Khmer Dance Project will focus on the third generation of artists who grew up after the Khmer Rouge and who studied dance outside the Royal Palace. We will work closely with the organization AMRITA Performing Arts, which has already compiled a series of biographies of these young artists. As for the second generation of dancers, a number of the most talented individuals have now settled in the US and France, rendering the process of interview more cumbersome. Two film shoots are planned in Cambodia: (January/February-July/August 2010)

Session 1 – January 2010

Session 1 will begin in January-February 2010, and will take place in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. We will do interviews at Angkor Wat with the third generation of artists including:

• Em Satya
• Hun Pen

In Phnom Penh, we will focus on:

• musicians specializing in the flute, the xylophone, gongs and drums

We will also include:

• Princess Buppha Devi
• Prince Norodom Sirivudh
• Lim Sylvain
• HE Son Soubert.

During this last phase, we will focus on:

• the art of making masks, jewelry, and headpieces.

Filming will be done in Phnom Penh where one the most skillful craftsmen still works with his apprentices in his workshop to perpetuate the tradition of the Royal Palace.

Session 2 – July-August 2010

Session 2 will finalize interviews with the third generation of artists in Phnom Penh.

We will also film the art of embroidery still exercised by one old master:

• Sim Muntha

with the help of:

• Lim Sylvain (designer and embroiderer)

Another aspect of Royal Khmer dance is the ritual and the offerings to the gods. We would like to organize:

• a ceremony at the Royal Palace to pay homage to the spirit of dance.

This must be submitted for approval to HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi and HE Kong Sam Ol at the Royal Palace on behalf of HM King Norodom Sihamoni. A number of sequences of gestures (kbach) which are rarely performed due to their difficulty should be recorded with the help of:

• Sylvain Lim
• Proeung Chhieng.

To finish, we will compile all dance related documents from individuals, local libraries (National Library, Buddhist Institute, National Museum of Cambodia), and from the Royal University of Fine Arts of Cambodia.