TCDP TOP PICK | Khmer Arts Ensemble at the State Theatre

04/05/2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

TCDP TOP PICK: The Khmer Arts Ensemble—a Takhmao-based group presenting both contemporary and classical work using the traditional vocabulary of Cambodian dance—has been winning widespread praise for its new piece A Bend in the River, choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. The work includes live music by a pinpeat group and features giant crocodile puppets that The New Yorker calls "extraordinary." It will be presented at the State Threatre on April 5, preceded by a free preview glimpse at the neighboring Solera restaurant. - Jay Gabler


Fri, Apr 5, 8:00 pm

State Theatre 


A Bend in the River  (2013)

Choreography by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro

Music by Him Sophy, performed by Khmer Arts Ensemble

Puppets by Sopheap Pich

Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Artistic Director/Choreographer

2013 McKnight International Fellow

Khmer Arts Ensemble debuts in Minnesota with A Bend in the River, a reflection on the choices we make in the heat of passion, weaving a Cambodian village tale of love, heartbreak, magic, vengeance, consequence, and redemption. Created by National Heritage Fellow Sophiline Cheam Shapiro in collaboration with two of Cambodia’s most renowned artists, this dance drama intertwines fifteen dancers, one unreliable narrator, two oversized crocodile puppets by sculptor Sopheap Pich, and eight instrumentalists and singers performing Him Sophy’s new score for a pin peat ensemble that includes an original two-level circle gong and xylophone. Like all good stories transmitted from generation to generation, the meanings are multiple. The world is ever-changing, nature a great leveler, and human choices, often made in haste, are sure to be tested. We resort to vengeance in place of justice at our peril. Crocodiles have been known to eat their young, after all.

$37, $48, $59


Fri, Apr 5, 6:45 – 7:30 pm, Solera Restaurant

Box Office: 1-800-982-2787

805 Hennepin Ave.
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