DECEMBER 11, 2017 7:00 - 8:30PM Tey Tat King

Season

Fall 2017

Date

Monday December 11, 2017
7:00 - 8:30PM

Venue

The Lantern
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027

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Rithy Panh, filmmaker

Phloeun Prim, Cambodian Living Arts

Him Sophy, composer

Trent Walker, librettist

 

Introduction by Shanny Peer, Columbia Maison Française

Moderated by Dean Carol Becker, Columbia University School of the Arts

 

This conversation will introduce New York audiences to Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia—an extraordinary new composition that fuses music, voice, movement, and visuals—commissioned by Cambodian Living Arts and premiering in the US as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 Next Wave Festival to honor the two million victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas of the late 1970s in Cambodia, and the first collaboration between filmmaker Rithy Panh and composer Him Sophy, both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance.

 

Panh calls Bangsokol a “vital act of memory. It is an attempt to give dignity to the dead; to reconcile with our own past; to give a face and a name to the victims, to give their souls peace.” The work contextualizes the form of the Western requiem with bangsokol—the white cloth placed over the deceased during a Buddhist funeral, and the ceremony of its removal. Panh’s mixture of archival footage and surreal imagery offer meditations on Cambodia’s culture and history, while Sophy’s score melds traditional Khmer instrumentalists and smot chanting with Western chamber music and chorus.

 

A conversation with Rithy Panh, Phloeun Prim, Him Sophy, Trent Walker, and Columbia University School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker will explore this fusion of forms, as well as the role of art in post-conflict societies.

 

Co-presented by Columbia Maison Française and Columbia University School of the Arts

 

The Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts

 

The US premiere of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia will take place on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 

Registration opens mid-September.