‘Bend in the River’ set to take a new twist: Khmer Times [Cambodia]

A deeply personal tale of revenge and redemption is set to return this weekend as Sophiline Arts Ensemble brings the celebrated “A Bend in the River” to Phnom Penh’s Chaktomuk Theater.

While director and choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro will keep the story’s original roots, her focus will be to increase the production values of the show, despite a shorter rehearsal time.

“We don’t have a lot of time, the last time we had about a month rehearsing, but this time is cut short by about 10 days,” she said yesterday.

“We’re trying to revive and upgrade, particularly the quality of the performance.”

First performed in New York in 2013, Shapiro said they hoped to emulate the quality of that performance which is now possible in part due to the upgraded facilities at Chaktomuk as well as the ease in which her performers now play their roles.

“We’re trying to create the whole impression again, however this time we have more lights, and they look beautiful,” she said.

“So the quality is much higher and we’re also focusing, now that the dancers are more comfortable with the piece, and they’re more mature, so we’re pushing for a more dramatic performance.”


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