Interview with Sim Muntha, 2008-07-24Additional title: Khmer Dance Project moving image
NamesPrum Mésa (Videographer)Nut, Suppya (Director)Sim Muntha (Interviewee)Nut, Suppya (Interviewer)Majjhamanḍal Khmersiksā (Associated name)
Khmer Dance Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2008
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1267
TopicsDance -- CambodiaBallet -- CambodiaDance -- Study and teachingDancersSim Muntha -- InterviewsSisowath Kossamak, Queen consort of Cambodia, 1904-1975Ballet -- CostumeCostume -- 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.Content: There are no subtitles from ca. 10-12 min. From ca. 38 min. to the end of the tape there is footage of Muntha with family members, and of the house and surrounding streets; there are no subtitles on this section.Venue: Recorded 24 July 2008 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) (46 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
DescriptionSim Muntha discusses her childhood dance training, her teachers, the roles she danced (switching from the female to the male role). She speaks about how ballets were created in the past, how singing in the past differs from the present methods. Muntha discusses offerings that must be made to teachers and to the spirits of dance; Queen Kossomak -- how she dressed, her skill at correcting musicians and dancers, and creating ballets, her supervision of rehearsals and her love of dance. Muntha speaks about her experience under the Khmer Rouge, her evacuation from Phnom Penh, the deaths of her children and husband, her survival and recovery. She gives her opinion of the current state of dance; the economic hardships she and other artists face; her work making embroidery. She discusses how she learned embroidery; costume patterns; how Khmer costumes differ from Thai costumes; how long it takes to make costumes; materials they are made from.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19944669Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9eaf7d00-0821-0131-0d00-3c075448cc4b
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