|Volume 11, Issue 1||Interchange||April 2001|
Cambodian Dancers Return to US
Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia, a project of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh will present classical and folk dance and music from Cambodia during its 12-city US tour August 11-September 29, 2001. This coast-to-coast tour by the 41-member troupe marks the first time in more than a decade that the living traditions of Cambodian music and dance have formally toured in the US. (Their previous visit was sponsored by the Fund for Reconciliation and Development).
Highlights include week-long performance engagements at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA) and New York City's Joyce Theater. Following engagements in the west, the tour concludes at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
This project, initiated and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Asia Society and Lisa Booth Management, Inc., is a public celebration of more than a decade of documentation, preservation and cultural exchange fostered between the Royal University of Fine Arts, US presenters and Cambodian-American communities in order to rebuild Cambodia's cultural infrastructure.
Repertory for the scheduled 28 public performances on tour will include dance and music from Cambodia's folk and classical traditions and an extended excerpt from the Reamker dance-drama.
The project is made possible with funding from the National Dance Project, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Fund for Folk Culture.
For additional information, visit the project's web site (after April 14) at www.asiasource.org/cambodia.
The schedule of performances is:
John McAuliff Editor-in-Chief
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Fund for Reconciliation and Development
The Fund for Reconciliation and Development (FRD) began in 1985 as the US-Indochina Reconciliation Project. It devolved from a program of the American Friends Service Committee established in 1972. FRD was the first American non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted solely to normal diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with Indochina and expanded its work to include Cuba in 1999. FRD carries out its own programs of cultural and educational exchange and humanitarian assistance. It also facilitates communication and cooperation between private business, NGOs, foundations and educational institutions interested in the region by publishing the quarterly newsletter Interchange and by organizing national and international meetings. FRD funding comes from foundations, US and European government agencies, international organizations, and private donations.
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