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Ream Eyso & Moni Mekhala: Celebrating 10 Years of Khmer Arts
Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach, CA
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Khmer Arts cordially invites you to our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, presented in partnership with the Long Beach Museum of Art.  The event will feature a rare performance of Ream Eyso and Moni Mekhala in Khmer dance ritual, boasting a cast of bejeweled dancers from the Khmer Arts Ensemble (Cambodia) and the Khmer Arts Academy (Long Beach) performing in the round.


One of the most sacred works of the Khmer classical dance canon, Ream Eyso & Moni Mekhala is a tale in which rivaling students of a powerful hermit bring life to lightning and thunder.  In Cambodia, it is performed in the elaborate buong suong ceremony to invoke the fall of rain, thereby seeking to ensure the fertility of the land and the prosperity of the people.  Performed for centuries in the palaces of Cambodia, Ream Eyso & Moni Mekhala is a riveting dance of rebirth, renewel, and regeneration.


The Khmer Arts Ensemble is Cambodia's celebrated 25-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, which has performed on major stages across four continents, specializes in developing and performing the original choreography of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, in reviving and documenting works from Cambodia's classical dance canon and in teaching the context and technique of Cambodian classical dance worldwide.

The Khmer Arts Academy offers young members of the Greater Long Beach Cambodian community and others an opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence through year-round classical dance training. Its free workshops serve approximately 50 apprentice dancers at its Cambodia Town studio. The curriculum includes the basic movements and traditional repertory of classical dance as well as Artistic Director Sophiline Cheam Shapiro's original dances created for Cambodia's finest artists and toured throughout the world. The program's staff and students perform throughout the region at community celebrations, universities, museums and mainstream theaters.


Limited chair seating will be available to seniors and persons with disabilities. All other guests will be required to sit on the grass of the Museum's courtyard. Please bring mats and blankets, and be prepared to squeeze in tight with new friends.  Space is limited, and no person or parties will be allowed entrance without RSVP.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the California Arts Council, Long Beach Museum of Art, Devata Giving Circle, Port of Long Beach, Keesal, Young & Logan, and anonymous donors.
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Long Beach Museum of Art (View)
2300 E. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
United States


Arts > Dance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Khmer Arts
On BPT Since: Sep 06, 2012
Serey Tep

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