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Neang Neak (2012)

2012 / HD Video / 3 min 50 sec / Dance


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In choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro’s Cambodian classical dance Neang Neak, a serpent goddess arrives on earth to live among humans.  Director Masahiro Sugano’s experimental film opens a new window onto this modern day metaphor for displacement and the journey to self-discovery by juxtaposing contemporary and ancient storytelling techniques.  With a title role performance by Keo Kuntearom, this collaboration between dance makers Khmer Arts and media makers Studio Revolt reflects Cambodian culture’s ever-evolving relationship between tradition and the new and demonstrates how highly stylized, culturally specific art can be universally relevant.

Khmer Arts + Studio Revolt production
Based on “Seasons of Migration” a dance by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro

Producers: Anida Yoeu Ali & John Shapiro
Director, Cinematographer & Editor: Masahiro Sugano
Choreographer: Sophiline Cheam Shapiro
Dancer: Keo Kuntearom
Stadium Walkers: Chum Chanveasna, Nil Sinoeun, Sok Sokhan, Sorn Udom, Sot Sovanndy
Art Director: Anida Yoeu Ali
Music Arrangement & Lyrics:  Sophiline Cheam Shapiro
Music Performance: Khmer Arts Ensemble
Neang Neak’s Costume Design: Sophiline Cheam Shapiro
Dresser: Khut Sothavy
SFX: Masahiro Sugano
Lighting Tech: Krouch Ran
Production Assistants: Phyrak Khun, Som Thea, Tho Vath, Yean Reaksmey
Special thanks: Choun Sarin, Ros Chinda, Ros Sokun

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