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Cambodian Stories | Eiko + Koma
Cambodian Stories
photo by La Frances Hui

Cambodian Stories (2006)

An Offering of Painting and Dance (2006)

Co-produced by Inta, Inc, the Asia Society (New York) and Reyum Institute (Phnom Penh)

Cambodian Stories is Eiko & Koma's multi-disciplinary collaboration with Reyum Painting Collective, young painters who study and work at the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In addition to Eiko & Koma, who perform alongside their Cambodian artist colleagues, the creative collaborators include Reyum Institute founder Daravuth Ly, who functions as dramaturg, and Cambodian-born music ethnologist Sam-Ang Sam.

The performance includes two collective, large-scale action-paintings created collaboratively by the performers. The work explores the intersection of these lithe, youthful bodies, the Cambodian landscape and the voices past and present that inhabit it.

video The Making of Cambodian Stories
video Cambodian Stories at Asia Society, New York

A traveling exhibition of the artists' paintings, both traditional and innovative, curated by the Reyum Institute faculty, accompanies the tour and serves as a catalyst for cross-cultural, cross-generational community dialogue about tradition, innovation and the role of the artist in fostering change. Artworks are available for sale, with all proceeds to benefit the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture.

It is Eiko & Koma's intention to examine their aesthetic in a larger Asian context by teaching younger people in whose bodies Eiko & Koma feel their movement can genuinely reside.

The 2006 U.S. tour of Cambodian Stories was co-produced by Asia Society, The Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture and Inta. Inc.