Interview with Than Sovath: Khmer dance project, 2009-01-16Additional title: Khmer Dance Project moving image
NamesPrum Mésa (Videographer)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Director)Than Sovath (Interviewee)Than Sovath (Performer)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Interviewer)Sea Vissal (Engineer)Ratany, Koh (Editor of a moving image work)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Editor of a moving image work)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Translator)Rhodes, Gillian (Translator)Majjhamanḍal Khmersiksā (Associated name)
Khmer Dance Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2009
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1314
TopicsDance -- CambodiaBallet -- CambodiaDance -- Study and teachingThan Sovath -- InterviewsBallet royal (Cambodia)Parti communiste du KampucheaSinging -- CambodiaMusic -- Instruction and studySingers -- Cambodia
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, Gillian Rhodes; director, Khmer Dance Project, Suppya Nut.Venue: Recorded 16 January 2009 Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, 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) (35 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
DescriptionSinger Than Sovath speaks about how she began studying dance, and then switched to singing. She sings excerpts of songs and speaks about joining the choir of the Royal Ballet; her teachers; and her experience as a forced laborer under the Khmer Rouge. She discusses her return to singing after the fall of the Khmer Rouge; performing for foreign visitors; her financial difficulties; her various jobs, including helping students to select music for ballets. She speaks about why young people don't want to sing classical songs, and about the vocal requirements of classical songs.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19972595Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b2a1f910-352a-0131-33ed-3c075448cc4b
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