Former Brandeis International Fellow Helps to Bring Cambodian Stories to 10 U.S. Cities

The Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture, directed by 2003-04 Brandeis International Fellow Ly Daravuth, recently partnered with the Asia Society and Inta Inc. to present a ten-week U.S. tour of Cambodian Stories, a multidisciplinary performance conceived and directed by renowned Japanese-American husband-and-wife team Eiko & Koma. Created and performed in collaboration with ten young artists trained in Cambodia at the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture, Cambodian Stories combines large-scale collective action-painting with choreographed movement. Artists explore the human body and Cambodian landscape in a performance that expresses the hope and rebirth of a nation that has been ravaged by the painful past of Pol Pot's genocidal regime. Ly Daravuth also acted as dramaturg for the performances.

Cambodian Stories grew out of a cultural exchange that began when Ly Daravuth, a Reyum co-founder, invited Eiko & Koma to Cambodia after seeing them perform in New York in June 2003. In 2004, the duo traveled to Phnom Penh as artists in residence for one month, performing for and engaging with local villagers, Reyum staff and students, and a community of Cambodian artists and arts administrators.