Special Seminar on Khmer Dance and Sexuality by Prumsodun Ok on July 1 (Monday)



Special Seminar on Khmer Dance and Sexuality by Prumsodun Ok on July 1

You are cordially invited to the seminar on Khmer dance and sexuality in
Cambodia by Prumsodun Ok on July 1, 2019.

*Title:* Forming Cambodia’s First Gay Dance Company

*Speaker:* Prumsodun Ok

*Date and Time: *July 1 (Monday), 2019  11:30-13:00

*Venue:* Tonantei (Room 201) Inamori Memorial Building, CSEAS Kyoto

*Abstract: *In this intimate conversation, Prumsodun Ok will share the
history of Prumsodun Ok& NATYARASA, Cambodia’s first gay dance company.
Founded in 2015, the troupe has become one of the country’s premiere dance
companies. The talk highlight the journey and challenges the group faces,
while also exploring the role of tradition in shaping social values,
artistic innovation as an act of cultural preservation, and the place of
LGBTQ people within our societies.

*Speaker’s Biography:* Born to Khmer refugees in the United States,
Prumsodun Ok rose from the poverty and violence-stricken inner city of Long
Beach to become the new face of Khmer dance. He uses art to heal,
illuminate, and empower, reviving the spirit of his people from the
enduring forces of conflict. Seen by many as a champion of Khmer culture,
he works as an artist, teacher, and writer to shape a world where everyone
can blossom into their fullest selves. Ok’s interdisciplinary performances
contemplate the “avant-garde in antiquity,” and have been presented at the
Department of Performing Arts (Cambodia), Bangkok Theater Festival – Asia
Focus (Thailand), Za-Koenji (Japan), Godrej Leadership Forum (India),
Teatro Benito Juarez (Mexico), bhive (Greece), and REDCAT (United States).
They have been celebrated as “a vision of elegance and grace” (The Phnom
Penh Post) and “Radical Beauty” (The Bangkok Post). Ok is the recipient of
grants and fellowships from TED, MAP Fund, Surdna Foundation, and
Dance/USA, and has been a guest speaker and choreographer at California
Institute of the Arts, UCLA, Santa Monica College, and Rajabhat University
among others. He was also associate artistic director of Khmer Arts, a
member of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Board of Directors,
and an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. He
is the founding artistic director of Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, Cambodia’s
first gay dance company, which Channel NewsAsia (Singapore) describes as
“one of the most revolutionary dance troupes in Cambodia . . . a dance
troupe like no other.” Ok was named an LGBT+ Creative Leader of Tomorrow
for The Dots’s and WeTransfer’s *Championing Diversity*. He is the keynote
speaker of the Dance/USA Annual Conerence in 2019. His celebrated TED Talk
has been translated into more than fifteen languages and viewed more
than 2.5 million times across various platforms.

Watch this video also: The magic of Khmer classical dance | Prumsodun Ok –
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEIYHTlbeLA)

*Contact: *Tsukasa Iga (igatsukasa[at]gmail.com)

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