The 3rd Amrita Dance Platform, 2014


Choreographer Hou Cheychanrith

Saturday November 1, 2014
Venue: Department of Performing Arts

Tranformation was inspired by today's urban environment. Through this piece, Chanrith would like to reflect on polluted trash in Phnom Penh City by focusing on plastic disposal. He personally supports the idea of recycling waste. Artistically, Chanrith explores on using human physicality in contact with prop. He would like to create a visual image through movement and plastic bags.

Dancers Chy Lina, Kao Sithy Nita, Hou Cheychanrith, and Pov Puthearoth
Composer 1st sound by Advin 25, 2nd sound by Kitar-Mercury, 3rd by Andreea81, 4th by Stepan Grytsay
Costume Designer Chhun Maleang

Hou Cheychanrith (Choreographer), studied Cambodian Folk Dance in 2001 at the Secondary School of Fine Arts and completed his training in 2011. He has been a dancer in Cambodia Living Arts' Children of Bassac since 2010 and has participated in Amrita Performing Arts' dance workshops with Eko Supriyanto, Paea Leach and Arco Renz. Chanrith is also a classical singer.

Chy Lina (Dancer) started training in Khmer classical dance in 2002 at the Secondary School of Fine Arts, graduating in 2011. During the course of her studies Lina performed extensively in both classical and contemporary works. She was one of Amrita's dancers in numerous contemporary dance workshops with international collaborators including Arco Renz, Eko Supriyanto and Cynthia Ling Lee and with Cambodian choreographers Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle) and Nam Narim.‌ She has performed Para Human by Eko Supriyanto at the National Museum of Singapore in 2012 and The Shoes by Nam Narim in Taiwan in 2013.

Kao Sithy Nita (Dancer), finished her classical dance training in the female role from the Secondary School of Fine Arts in 2011 after nine years study. She has performed extensively in classical works and has shown her interest and commitment in contemporary dance. She has worked with Eko Supriyanto, Arco Renz, Cynthia Ling Lee, Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle) and Nam Narim. She has performed in Para Human by Eko Supriyanto at the National Museum of Singapore in 2012 and The Shoes by Nam Narim in Taiwan in 2013.

Pov Puthearoth (Dancer), studied Circus in 2010 to 2014 at the Secondary School of Fine Arts and Classical dance at Cambodia Living Arts from 2009 to 2014. Nowadays, she is participating in Contemporary Dance at Amrita Performing Arts.

Amrita Performing Arts proudly presents the 3rd Amrita Dance Platform, 2014. "Relationship" is the theme of tonight performance, which comprised of 3 interested works-in-process of our very own Amrita artists, Nget Rady, Yon Davy, and Hou Cheychanrith. Within these last six weeks, the three up-rising choreographers worked intensively with their dancers and collaborators.

Amrita Performing Arts produces the dance platform with the aim of reducing the gap between the products on stage and audiences, and we hope to provide place for Amrita artists to present their works in front of the very eyes of the public as a way to communicate and establish relationship with the larger community. We, Amrita Team, would like to offer this dance platform as a contribution to our cultural and vibrant City of Phnom Penh and Phnom Penh (pep).

I look at the Dance Platform as a space where people from different backgrounds and artists from various disciplines to share experience and moment together. It is a place that allows new voices to be heard, questions to be asked, ideas and thoughts to be expressed, and story to be told. I personally encourage artists from different practices and the diverse audiences to use this event to get to know one another, to begin your conversation, and to continue your participation in art. To me, the products on stage are not as important as the process of making the products and the togetherness moment.

Chey Chankethya
Artistic Director

Amrita Performing Arts is an International NGO based in Phnom Penh, with US nonprofit status. Amrita is committed to the creation of Cambodian contemporary dance and theater, responding to the creative drive of a young generation of artists who have taken on the task of ushering Cambodia's ancient performing arts heritage into the future. Our work is developed through workshops based on intensive exchange and dialogue with international collaborators. All of our efforts emphasize capacity building as we assist in nurturing a new generation of Cambodian choreographers, directors and practitioners in all areas of arts management.


We would like to thank the following individual for their contribution to making this platform possible: Arco Renz, Peter Chin, Proeung Chhieng, Sal Murgiyanto and Anders Jiras. Thanks also goes to the Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF) and The Embassy of Republic of Indonesia for their support.