The Lives of Giants by the Khmer Arts Ensemble

The Khmer Arts Ensemble performing The Lives of Giants at Bryn Mawr College. Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr College.

Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented The Lives of Giants by the Khmer Arts Ensemble from Takhmao, Cambodia, led by choreographer and artistic director Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. Cheam Shapiro’s work sets classical Cambodian dance to themes that move beyond traditional Cambodian literary, mythological, or religious source material. Her dance treatments have been commissioned by Peter Sellars for the Vienna Festival as well as numerous other noted international venues. In the month leading up to the performances of The Lives of Giants, Bryn Mawr hosted a series of free events designed to expand the audience’s knowledge of Cambodian dance, music, and culture. The events included a series of workshops, films, and lecture demonstrations.


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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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