The Making of Cambodian Stories*
Eiko dancing in a village near Phnom Penh

The Making of Cambodian Stories* (2005)

Sound score: Cambodian Pop music collage. Produced and Directed by Eiko and Koma. Performed by Thorn Chan, Vannak Huoth, Sotha Kun, Sokchanthorn Ngin, Nimit Ouen, Sophon Phe, Chakreya So, Setpheap ("Peace") Sorn, Sok Than, and Chivalry Yok. Videographed August, 2005 in Cambodia by Ryoko Nagakubo, Chakreya So, Eiko and Koma. Edited by Shoko Letton, Eiko and Koma. Copyright 2005, Eiko & Koma. 23 minutes, broadcast quality color video.

Focusing on the mentorship of Eiko and Koma with the young artists who study and work at the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Cambodian Stories evokes questions of tradition, innovation, and the role of the artist in fostering social change and discoveries of new ways to leap from the canvas to the stage. Eiko & Koma's collaboration hones in on these young painters' collective energy and explores the challenges they face pursuing artistic careers in a country with little opportunity. Also seen in the video are two other collaborating artists representing different generations of Cambodia: Cambodian-American composer Sam-Ang Sam, the first Asian recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and the charismatic co-founder and director of the Reyum Art Institute Daravuth Ly.