Wednesday, July 19, 2006

3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days

A play entitled 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days was first performed in February of this year by members of the Amrita Performing Arts group and was based on the lives of the three female actresses that took part. It was written by Annemarie Prins and the stage designer Fer Smidt has posted the full story at his website, here. Whilst it was very difficult for the three actresses to relive their childhood memories under the Khmer Rouge, actress Chhon Sina felt, "All Cambodians, old and young who went through the Pol Pot regime should stand up together and speak of their harsh life during that brutal regime." A worthy sentiment which she put into practice in the performances of 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days. There is also a possibly that the play could be brought to Europe - watch this space.

The Amrita Performing Arts nonprofit organization was formed in July 2003 as part of the revival and preservation of Cambodian traditional performing arts. Based in Phnom Penh, they have continued to develop their repertoire whilst expanding it to include contemporary expression in dance, theater and music. In 2006 they have tours planned for Spain, Singapore and Austria. Many of the artists involved with Amrita's projects come from the University of Fine Arts - both students and teachers and the three actresses who took part in Annemarie Prins' play, Chhon Sina, Kauv Sotheary and Morm Sokly, are all at the University.

To read more about the activities of Amrita, click on: APA.
[photo courtesy of James Wassermen]

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