Plae Pakaa: creation of original, traditional arts performance is in progress
Following the success of Children of Bassac last season (guest ratings made the show number 2 on Trip Advisor’s attractions), we are coming back with a bigger and better program named Plae Pakaa (Fruitful). In addition to the renowned Classical and Folk Dance performance by Children of Bassac, we will be adding two shows, featuring different art forms, to our repertoire – showcasing a total of 60 emerging artists, and offering more choice and diversity to visitors wanting to experience Cambodia’s traditional arts and culture.
Performances will start at the National Museum on October 25th and go at least until end of March, with each show being performed two nights per week, offering a cultural experience to visitors 6 nights per week. The two additional shows will be a rare piece of Yike Opera and a newly devised musical drama, Passage of Life.
Yike, or traditional Opera from the 8th century, involves singing, dancing, acting and drumming. Passage of Life will feature a range of art forms including Chayam (traditional Khmer musical dance),Smot (poetry chanting) and Mohaori and Pin Peat (traditional Khmer orchestras). This last show will present the different stages of Cambodian life through traditional ceremonies, parties and rituals.
Plae Pakaa aims at creating regular, well-paid work for arts professionals in the arts sector, while raising awareness about Cambodian traditional arts among foreigners and Cambodians and generating income to support CLA’s core programs. Furthermore, Plae Pakaa aims at building professional, independent troupes from our classes and motivating talented students to realize their future as professionals in the arts sector.
This season, we are very proud to showcase CLA’s newest troupe, from our Yike Opera class. The piece they are preparing for the show at the National Museum will resonate with all audiences, for its emotion and the talent of these young artists.
Watch an excerpt of the Yike performers rehearsing:
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