Artist Panel: Evolving Traditions + Gallery as Dance Hall, July 8th 6:30pm


WHAT                Artist Panel Evolving Traditions + Gallery as Dance Hall
WHEN                     Friday July 8 / 6.30- 8:00 Panel / 8:00 – 9:00 Dance Hall
WHERE                  SA SA BASSAC / #18 2nd Floor, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh (see map)
PANELISTS        Ouk Sochivy, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Belle Chumvan Sodhachivy

Artist Panel: Evolving Traditions
To mark the closing weekend of Ouk Sochivy’s solo exhibition In The Club, please join us for a stimulating panel on evolving traditions in painting and dance. Moderated by Chum Noy, a select panel of artists will share their inherited practices and discuss why and how this knowledge is foundational to their work today. Enjoy demonstrations and short videos in preparation for a finishing hour of club culture as the Gallery becomes a dance hall!

Ouk Sochivy is a painter best known for her playful, figurative works of Khmer youth. Exhibitions include To Be Continued, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre Gallery, Phnom Penh (2009), Farmers and Freshies, Sa Sa Art Gallery, Phnom Penh (2010); and Forever Until Now, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2009), Svay Ken: A Tribute, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh (2009), and her current solo exhibition In The Club, SA SA BASSAC (2011).

Sophiline Cheam Shapiro is a choreographer, dancer, vocalist and educator whose original works have infused the venerable Cambodian classical form with new ideas and energy. As one of the first generation to graduate from Phnom Penh’s Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) after the fall of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime, she became a member of RUFA’s faculty until she immigrated to Southern California in 1991 where she studied dance ethnology at UCLA and established Khmer Arts Academy in Long Beach, expanding her organization to Phnom Penh in 2006 where she is Artistic Director. Shapiro was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009. Her choreography with Cambodia’s finest performing artists tours internationally.

Belle Chumvan Sodhachivy began her dance training in 1994 at the age of 9. She gained a baccalaureate degree with a focus on classical dance in 2003, before graduating from the theatre production / choreography program at the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2007. She has been actively engaged in international performance and choreography workshops and festivals since 2003, and was the inaugural artist in residence at Cambodia’s French Cultural Center in 2009.

Chum Noy is a cultural worker based in Phnom Penh. She has degrees in French and Journalism and has experience as Professor and Interpreter of French as well as radio and television broadcasting and production. She joined Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre for five years as Research Analyst, then Cultural Events Manager. Chum was awarded the ASEAN Youth Culture award in 2003, the ASEAN Young Photographers Award in 2007, and the apexart residency, NY in 2009.

For more information, contact:
Erin Gleeson
Co-Founder / Curator / Director
+855 (0)12 507 917


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