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02 Oct 2018

Amrita Performing Arts

Amrita Performing Arts is an International NGO based in Phnom Penh. Amrita is committed to creating Cambodian contemporary dance and theatre, whilst responding to the creative drive of a young generation of artists who are dedicated to ushering their country's ancient performing arts heritage into the future.

Amrita was founded in 2003 with a mission to help revive and preserve the wide spectrum of Cambodia's traditional performing arts through a program that emphasizes national capacity building in all aspects of production management.

This mission has evolved to focus more on contemporary creativity in theatre and dance, where productions of contemporary Cambodian dance and theatre featuring professional Cambodian performers are staged. These productions are developed in collaboration with internationally renowned directors and choreographers, through an intensive process of workshop and dialogue.

Currently, Amrita Performing Arts is actively helping the young generation of artists find their voice and move their creative drives forward in a nurturing environment.

Highly successful workshops have led to the creation of new and exciting repertoire with artists such as Belgium based choreographer Arco Renz, Indonesian choreographer Eko Supriyanto, Khmer / French choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon and Toronto based choreographer Peter Chin. These works contribute towards promoting the arts to both eager and curious Cambodian audience and receptive international audiences. 

Amrita is now well established in Cambodia as a pioneer in Cambodian contemporary dance. We respond to the creative drives of our performers, who are in turn responding to a vastly different Cambodia. 

Through these collaborations, we hope to translate current social conditions into the parameters of dance; exploring the themes of emergence from isolation towards integration within the complexities of the contemporary world and in the context of a transformed country. Our work continues to examine the relationship between tradition and contemporary, set against the backdrop of the past and the current social milieu.