Amrita Performing Arts Turns 10

A dance school that has helped to revive the traditional Khmer dance of apsara is marking its 10th anniversary. Amrita Performing Arts’ is celebrating a decade of nurturing both traditional Cambodian dance and modern choreography this month.

Launched by Fred Frumberg in 2003, Amrita today has a company of 15 artists who work alongside international choreographers to create new works of dance and theatre. To mark the major milestone, an exhibition is taking place at Java Café showing images of highlights from the organisation’s journey.

On Friday, Sept. 13, Java Cafe will host a birthday bash where artists and collaborators who have shared the journey will be on hand to talk about their experiences. There will be a series of short performances specially choreographed for the occasion.

This year has been jam-packed with exciting events for Amrita, including in April when they organised for 130 artists to travel to New York to take part in the Season of Cambodia, which is part of the festival of Cambodian Arts. They went on to collaborate with KIKE Hiroshi Bridge Project to create compelling dance piece, Mahabharata.

Later on this year, Amrita’s piece, Khmeropedies III by Emmanuèle Phuon, will travel to Singapore to perform at the Esplanade theatre within the Singapore Dans Festival.  They will also present a new solo by Peter Chin at the World Dance Alliance in Taiwan.

Help Amrita Performing Arts celebrate its 10th birthday at Java Cafe, Sihanouk Blvd, on Friday, Sept. 13, from 8pm.

Java Café & Gallery
56 Sihanouk Blvd.