CounterPULSE Spring 2014 Artists in Residence
MARCH 14-23, 2014, THU-SAT at 8PM, MARCH 23, SUN at 3PM
**MARCH 20, THU: Pay-what-you-like Community Night**
**MARCH 21, FRI: Post-Show Panel Discussion: Before & After War**
Misty Snyder – Veteran and performer
Khatharya Um – Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley
Thida Buth Mam – Survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide
Charya Burt’s latest work, Silenced, is a new dance piece based on the true story of Cambodia’s most beloved pop singer in the 1990s, Ros Serey Sothea. As a child Sothea grew up very poor in Cambodiaʼs rural countryside. Because of her powerful voice and perseverance against all odds, Sothea rose to the top becoming Cambodiaʼs most famous pop singer. King Norodom Sihanouk deemed her a national treasure and gave her the title, “The Golden Voice.” When the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975 Cambodia was turned upside down. Sothea was among the approximately 90 percent of Cambodian artists who perished between 1975 – 1979. Despite this unimaginable tragedy Sotheaʼs electrifying voice still lives in the hearts of Cambodians around the world.
Krista DeNio‘s the CONTACT project is a contemporary performance training and development model, bringing together mixed ensembles of veterans of war and military service with non-veteran civilians, to co-create an audience-interactive performance installation.
Acknowledging the societal divide between veterans and the rest of the civilian population, CONTACT asks us to consider our relationships with territory, survival, violence, trauma and our real and perceived needs as individuals and communities. What do we have in common? Where do we differ? What can we learn from our different, but connected histories? Investigating our individual, daily realities, personal histories and [connection to/disconnect from] war, we begin to trace patterns in relationship with our communities, and the larger global events. One to one relationship building, in the context of larger group performative sharing [performers and audience] becomes an intimate, global experience.
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