Encounter with Prumsodun Ok
Featuring films and chat on the power of performing arts
Prumsodun Ok is an artist, teacher, writer and curator, best known for his dance and choreography which draw on Khmer robam boran. Based in Long Beach, USA, he is Associate Artistic Director of Khmer Arts. On 29 August, he presents two films never before shown in Cambodia. From the Heart of Brahma is a documentary featuring interviews with Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Toni Shapiro-Phim and others, and focusing on Prum’s transformation of classical dance for telling of gay love stories. Following this, a ten-minute documentary of a recent performance will provide context. A Q&A with Prum will follow.
Films and discussion are in Khmer and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available, where necessary.
Entrance is free. All are welcome.
Short bio note
Prumsodun Ok (b. 1987) works to positively transform our world through his practice as an artist, teacher, writer, and curator. His interdisciplinary performances draw upon the ancient tradition of Khmer classical dance, exploring the intersection of social justice with new possibilities for performance. His original works have been performed at CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Festival (San Francisco), Teatro Benito Juárez (Mexico City), and REDCAT (Los Angeles) among others.
Prum is the recipient of honors and fellowships from TED, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Durfee Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation among others. He has spoken about Khmer dance and his work at community organizations, schools, and universities such as New York University and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prum is currently associate artistic director of Khmer Arts and is the youngest serving board member of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.