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April 9-10 at 7:30pm
April 11-13 at 8:00pm
April 14 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm


Three of Cambodia’s most internationally renowned performing and visual artists join forces and add to their culture’s rich storytelling tradition with A Bend in the River, a new dance work that reflects on the choices we make in the heat of passion. Conceived and choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro for 15 dancers and a narrator, A Bend in the River is a contemporary telling of a Cambodian village tale of love, heartbreak, vengeance, consequence, and redemption. The work will be set to an original musical score by Him Sophy, performed live by 8 instrumentalists and singers, and feature puppets by visual artist Sopheap Pich.

Led by acclaimed choreographer and dancer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, whose cutting-edge classicism makes you feel as if you’ve crossed over to another world, Khmer Arts Ensemble will perform the New York premiere of A Bend in the River, a contemporary telling of a traditional tale of love, heartbreak, magic, vengeance, consequence, and redemption, as the opening performance for Season of Cambodia. The stunning production includes a live performance of a richly percussive score by composer Him Sophy and playful, life-sized puppets.


Khmer Arts Ensemble is Cambodia’s celebrated 29 member dance and music troupe based at the Khmer Arts Theater in Takhmao, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, an important regional resource and international center for dance training, exploration, creation and performance.

The Ensemble specializes in developing and performing the original choreography of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, in reviving and documenting works from the Cambodia’s classical dance canon and in teaching the context and technique of Cambodian classical dance worldwide

The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Tickets can be purchased through The Joyce Theater box office.

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