Nobuyuki Arai
Fr, 31/01/2020, 19:45 Uhr
Elektronische Musik / Komponierte Musik / Konzert

Drops and Seeds


Im Rahmen des / Within: CTM 2020 Liminal: Für 6 Tänzer, 5 Musiker*innen, Elektronik und Resonatoren

Referencing the brutal Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, “Drops and Seeds” marks the persistence and evolution of Khmer classical dance, which today rests on the shoulders of merely a handful of artists. The project is created by choreographer Prumsodun Ok, founder of Cambodia’s first openly gay dance company, NATYARASA; and Berlin-based composer Ana Maria Rodríguez, with light design by Fred Pommerehn and music performed by Ensemble KNM. Taking its title from a poem by Norwegian lyricist Simen Hagerup, “Drops and Seeds” considers dance as a mediator between earth and sky—a concept central to traditional dance in Khmer culture. The piece works with the shift of meanings resulting when traditions are put under stress or recalled. The first male student of one of the few survivors/carriers of the Khmer style, Prumsodun Ok replaces the traditional female Khmer performer with a queer dance ensemble. The androgynousness of the dancers abstracts and takes the dance out of its usual context, creating space for questions of remembrance and transmission, and considering positions of power in traditional society and cultural forms. The musical score by Rodriguez carefully recreates and recomposes (acoustic) reality through its careful consideration of local identities of music, sound environments, and geographically shaped musical practices.

  • Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Fred Pommerehn & Ensemble KNM Berlin: »Drops and Seeds« (2020)

Referencing the brutal Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, “Drops and Seeds” marks the persistence and evolution of Khmer classical dance, which today rests on the shoulders of merely a handful of artists.

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  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: Project presented daily 31.01.–02.02.2020. Extra show on 02.02. at 14:00.
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