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Bangsokol, A Requiem for Cambodia

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Bangsokol, A Requiem for Cambodia

Time: December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm to December 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
Location: Brooklyn Academy of Music - Peter Jay Sharp Bldg. – Gilman Opera House
Street: 30 Lafayette Street
City/Town: Brooklyn, New York
Website or Map: https://www.bam.org/music/201…
Event Discipline: performance, art
Organized By: a4 - Network Admin
Latest Activity: Nov 21

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MUSIC | FILM
Directed and designed by Rithy Panh
Music by Him Sophy
Libretto by Trent Walker

Presented in association with Cambodian Living Arts


Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival
Two survivors of the Khmer Rouge—composer Him Sophy and filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)—attempt to return dignity to their country’s dead with this musical ritual remembering the Cambodian genocide. Against cinematic evocations of this bruised history, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia recruits the Metropolis Ensemble, the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments—ancient harps, flutes, and the xylophone-like roneat pluah—to mourn the nearly two million forgotten souls. Mellifluous Buddhist smot chanting and other all-but-extinct Khmer musical forms are woven throughout a procession that moves from the heavens to the killing fields, culminating in a plea to recognize impermanence as the only path to peace.


Film by Rithy Panh
Stage direction by Gideon Obarzanek
Music direction and conducting by Andrew Cyr
Lighting design by Bosco Shaw
Costume design by Romyda Keth
Music developed in collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble
Original idea by Charley Todd

Commissioned by CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS. Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film.

Additional commissioning support provided by BAM 2017 Next Wave Festival, The Rainbow Initiative, Ministry of Culture Taiwan (R.O.C.), Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, Ford Foundation & Institute of International Education, The Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture Grant, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Australian Embassy in Cambodia and Arts Centre Melbourne.

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