Championing Diversity, Dancers Move to Their Own Stories [Cambodia]

The music should be familiar to most in the audience—pop tunes known the world over—but not so for the dance, “Re/Play Dance Edit,” which was choreographed over the past week by Cambodian and Japanese dancers.

As the artists perform in Phnom Penh on Friday and Saturday, they will gracefully move across the stage without interacting with each other, adding to the unexpected challenge presented by the work, Cambodian choreographer Chey Chankethya of Amrita Performing Arts said at a rehearsal on Tuesday.

Japanese theater director Junnosuke Tada, who conceived the 85-minute work, made an unusual demand of the dancers: that they be human beings instead of dancers on stage, she said.

“It’s very difficult for a dancer to do that, trust me,” Ms. Chankethya said. “When you’re on stage, your every impulse is to turn yourself right away into a dancer…who thinks about movement, energy and spacing.”

 

Read more at The Cambodia Daily.

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