During our most recent Dance Talk, cultural anthropologist Toni Shapiro-Phim offered a behind-the-scenes peek into the creative process that brought internationally acclaimed choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro’s A Bend in the River into being. Shapiro-Phim considered the rich possibilities and complex challenges of recreating an old tale through innovative collaborations among award-winning and emerging Cambodian performing and visual artists. She looked at this within the context of Cambodia’s contemporary socio-political landscape and its legacies of brutality and loss, and explored the potent impact of aesthetic choices in relation to issues of justice and equity.
Watch video footage of the Dance Talk here.
See the Khmer Arts Ensemble perform A Bend in the River at The Joyce Theater April 9-14. Purchase tickets now.