Interview with Proeung Chhieng: Khmer dance project, 2009-08-15Additional title: Khmer Dance Project moving image
NamesPrum Mésa (Videographer)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Director)Proeung Chhieng (Interviewee)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Interviewer)Ratany, Koh (Editor of a moving image work)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Editor of a moving image work)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Translator)Foelster, Jacqueline (Translator)Majjhamanḍal Khmersiksā (Associated name)
Khmer Dance Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2009
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1305
TopicsDance -- CambodiaBallet -- CambodiaProeung Chhieng -- InterviewsSākalvidyāľay Bhūmind Vicitrsilpaḥ (Cambodia)Ballet royal (Cambodia)Unesco
NotesFunding: Khmer Dance Project funded by Anne H. Bass Foundation.Date: Copyright date: 2012Biographical/historical: Funded by a grant from the Anne Hendricks Bass Foundation, the KDP began in 2008 when the Center for Khmer Studies partnered with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division to interview and film the three generations of artists - including dancers, musicians and singers, as well as embroiderers and dressers - who kept dance alive during and in the wake of the Khmer Rouge regime.Creation/production credits: Recorded by Bophana Audiovisual Resources Center.; cameraman, Prum Mesa; sound engineer, Sea Vissal; editors, Koh Rathany, Suppya Nut; translators, Suppya Nut, Jacqueline Foelster; director, Khmer Dance Project, Suppya Nut.Venue: Recorded 15 August 2009 Proeung Chhieng's home, Kien Svay, Cambodia.Acquisition: A production of the Khmer Dance Project, initiated by the Center for Khmer Studies in partnership with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library, with a grant from the Anne Hendricks Bass Foundation.Language: Khmer, with English titles, credits, and subtitles.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (DVCam) (56 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
DescriptionProeung Chhieng speaks about how he became head of the School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, and the challenges of preserving classical dance, the make-up of the school and student body. He discusses efforts to bring together Cambodian and refugee artists, and the influence of foreign interest in Khmer arts. He speaks at length about a tour of the United States, including controversies with Khmer communities in the U.S. and the ultimate success of the trip. He discusses the growth of the School of Fine Arts, the urgent need to transmit cultural knowledge to younger generations, and efforts to preserve dance through a mentorship program and the filming of reconstructed ballets. He comments on the current state of culture in Cambodia, the affects of the UNESCO designation of the Royal Ballet as a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage, and a government program to aid elderly masters. Finally, he discusses the success of performances given in Boston, and the challenges of continuing a tour after four leading dancers defected to the United States.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19972576Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ad9d10c0-352a-0131-6335-3c075448cc4b
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