About the Grant

$40,000 to support A Bend in the River (MAP 2012),a new dance work conceived and choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro.

About the Project

Three of Cambodia’s internationally renowned performing and visual artists join forces to participate in their culture’s rich storytelling tradition with A Bend in the River, a new dance work that reflects on the choices we make in the heat of passion. Conceived and choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro for the Khmer Arts Ensemble, A Bend in the River is a contemporary telling of a Cambodian village tale of love, heartbreak, magic, vengeance, consequence, and redemption.

The work will be set to an original musical score by Him Sophy; will be performed live by eight instrumentalists and singers and one unreliable narrator; and will feature large-scale crocodile puppets by sculptor Sopheap Pich. A Bend in the River is a spellbinding tale full of intriguing characters and plot turns, and multiple meanings. The world is ever-changing, and nature is a great leveler. Man’s choices—often made in haste—are sure to be tested. At our peril, we rush to vengeance rather than justice.

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