A work made in collaboration with five dancers: Belle, Davy, Nim Narim, Poe and Leak during a residency in Cambodia with AMRITA Performing Arts.
The work wanted to speak to the performers shared experience of being highly trained traditional dancers wanting to integrate a modern (dance) world into their performance and understanding of dance. We worked with extracting elements of traditional dance (mostly costume and props) and re-positioned them in relation to the body and the dancers beliefs (that they were trying to look at in a new light). We wanted to 're-place' objects and deities such as Buddha and work with ideas of embodiment and image that were intense, proposed a different physicality and were, essentially, 'other'.
We experimented with improvisation and inhabiting public spaces. One afternoon was spent dancing and interacting with the local people (children, grandmothers, motorbikes and builders) among the back alleys of Phnom Penh. In Cambodia this is an unusual, welcome and sometimes provocative act due to fairly tight governmental control and traditional values.