You are cordially invited to join us for Phare Ponleu Selpak’s 30th anniversary celebrations in Phnom Penh from 1-3 March 2024.
In addition to our annual charity gala – graciously hosted by Rosewood Phnom Penh – we are proud to co-produce and co-present two new contemporary dance and theatre performances in collaboration with world-renowned performing artists.
Whether you plan to attend all three events or just one, we’re looking forward to sharing these brand-new dance and theatre performances with you in commemorating 30 years of changing lives through the arts.
All graphics credit: BOUN Bunsetharath (Jasmine)
Photo Credit: Oyen Rodriguez
In Madison Now, Michael Laub and the Cambodian dancer-choreographer Khen Vanthy are collaborating on a new project attempting to merge the timeless elegance of Cambodia’s classical movements with the Madison dance. The latter originated in the U.S. in the sixties, has featured through the years in films, notably Bande à part, and remains a popular dance form in Cambodia, which has a particular take on it. The original contemporary soundtrack is by Cambodia-based British musician/producer Mute Speaker.
Laub, who is noted for his interest in portraiture, will include biographical inserts of various cast members into the choreography. Madison Now‘s cast comprises of professional and independent dancers, teachers, and students from the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh and Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang. The project will consist of the results of workshops held in both Phnom Penh and Battambang.
The performance will be shown at The Canadian International School (Koh Pich campus) in Phnom Penh as a work in progress on March 1 and 2, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. under the patronage of the French Institute of Cambodia and Phare Ponleu Selpak.
**Restricted to those age 10 years and above**
Date: Friday, 1 March & Saturday, 2 March
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5 / $10 / $20 (based on seating area)
Special thanks to sponsors and supporters, including:
2 March, 30th Anniversary Charity Gala
Come celebrate 30 years of Phare Ponleu Selpak at this cocktail reception followed by a four-course dinner. This exclusive gala features live painting as well as circus and theatre performances in addition to auctions for art, luxury stays, bespoke fashion, and local gin. The closing concert will feature Vanthan.
Hosted by Rosewood Phnom Penh, the annual Phare Ponleu Selpak charity gala has become a much-loved affair among Phnom Penh society. This year, in celebration of Phare’s 30th anniversary, co-founder and artist TOR Vutha will commence the evening with a live painting, while star music alumnus Vanthan will entertain guests with a closing concert over dessert. We are also excited to reveal an exclusive collaboration between two Phare graduates and distinguished Phnom Penh fashion houses – Ambre and A.N.D. – as their bespoke fashion creations will be auctioned at the dinner. It will be an evening to remember!
Date: Saturday, 2 March
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $150 per person / $1500 per full table
Purchase by 11 February and receive a free VIP ticket to Madison Now for 1 March.
For ticket reservations, call 023 936 888
Special thanks as always to Rosewood Phnom Penh for hosting the event.
3 March, END OF LOVE (CABARET)
A cabaret theatre performance based on the works of Angelica Liddell, Joël Pommerat, Pasolini, Hanokh Levin, Larry Tremblay, Sinn Sisamouth & Ros Sereysothea, and directed by KB Saadi. Co-produced with The Acting Academy.
END OF LOVE (CABARET) is the first collaboration between Phare Ponleu Selpak and The Acting Academy Phnom Penh. This performance is directed by one of the builders of The Acting Academy, Karim Belkacem Saadi (thetraceoftime.com).
Created with the work of different international writers (Angelica Liddell, Joël Pommerat, Pasolini, etc.) the performance invites the audience into a whirlpool of dreamscape scenes dealing with “the end of love.”
The project challenges the notion of trans disciplinarity in the Khmer arts by juggling the use of acting, singing, and circus. Each group learning from one another in a reverberation of skills, knowledge, and sensitivities.
END OF LOVE (CABARET) opens the door to modernity in Khmer storytelling and develops the way for “ល្ខោនសម័យ” (Cambodian contemporary theatre). It combines sensibility with the orality of the modern Khmer dialect to deliver a touching-yet-poignant performance through the disposition of a classic cabaret.
At Bar Menaka, the audience will attend an hour-long prologue of the full-length performance, the final version of which will be presented during the 12th edition of the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival in Battambang in June 2024.
**Restricted to those age 16 years and above**
Date: 3 March
Times: 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
- $7.50 (show & drink)
- $25 (show, drink, & 2-course set dinner)
Special thanks sponsors and supporters including:
We’ll See You in Phnom Penh!
We hope to see you in Phnom Penh for one (or all three) of these magical events celebrating 30 years of Phare Ponleu Selpak. The weekend of festivities will be an experience that is hard to forget – and that is what changing lives through the arts is all about!
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