Interview with Soth Somaly, 2009-01-09Additional title: Khmer Dance Project moving image
NamesPrum Mésa (Videographer)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Director)Soth Somaly (Interviewee)Bru-nut, Hélène Suppya (Interviewer)Majjhamanḍal Khmersiksā (Associated name)
Khmer Dance Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2009
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1269
TopicsDance -- CambodiaBallet -- CambodiaDance -- Study and teachingDancersSoth Somaly -- InterviewsNorodom Buppha Devi, Princess of CambodiaEnao Bosseba (Choreographic work)Ballet royal (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.Venue: Recorded 9 January 2009 Exhibition Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.Acquisition: Khmer Dance Project is a program created by Anne H. Bass in conjunction with the Center for Khmer Studies and the Jerome Robbins Dance DivisionLanguage: Khmer, with English titles, credits, and subtitles.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (DVCam) (31 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
DescriptionSoth Somaly speaks about the ballet Enao Bosseba: how she researched the story; the ballet's Indonesian influences; its performance history; the story of the ballet and how it was adapted and shortened for the new version; gestures used in the ballet. Somaly comments on the importance of preserving traditional dance gestures. She speaks about the talents and contributions of the Princess Norodom Buppha Devi; the Royal Ballet's lack of resources; the problems at the School of Fine Arts -- shortage of dancers and employment opportunities for them, distance from the city; the dedication of the dancers in the face of these challenges. She speaks about rewriting the libretto of the ballet and how she selected melodies for the score; she comments on the need to revive and preserve old melodies.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19944670Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9e4740e0-0821-0131-fa28-3c075448cc4b
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