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Art and Upheaval :: Photo Essay :: 16

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The Watts Prophets: USA
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Test of Will and War: Australia
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Resurrection Dance: Cambodia
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Photo by William Cleveland.
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Resurrection Dance: Cambodia

In a matter of minutes, Reyum’s young artists clamber across a makeshift scaffold to render a glistening goddess during the performance of Cambodian Stories: An Offering of Painting and Dance. Cambodian Stories was a 2006 collaboration between the Japanese-American choreographers and MacAuthur geniuses Eiko and Koma and the Reyum Painting Collective of the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It came about after Daravuth Ly, who founded the institute with the late Ingrid Muan, saw a New York performance by Eiko and Koma and invited them to teach a workshop at Reyum in 2004. The experience so excited them that Eiko and Koma returned to Cambodia. The result was Cambodian Stories, in which they were joined by nine Reyum students (a young woman and eight young men, all between 16 and 22). The students were art, not dance, students, and they created paintings during the 80-minute production. But they also danced, moving with a sinuous grace that performers with far more extensive training might very well have envied.


Art and Upheaval book coverThis photo-essay features images from William Cleveland's book Art and Upheaval. The book tells remarkable stories about artists who resolve conflict, heal unspeakable trauma, give voice to the forgotten and disappeared, and restitch the cultural fabric of their communities.

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