Khmer Arts Media Collection

“A Bend in the River” Soundtrack

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Composer Him Sophy's richly percussive and polyphonic score for Sophiline Cheam Shapiro's dance drama of the same name brings reptiles to life and the Cambodian classical pin peat ensemble into the modern era.    

Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso


Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso Edited by Prumsodun Ok Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso retells the sacred drama of the same name, a tale in which rivaling students of a powerful hermit bring life to lightning, thunder, and rain. Weaving together interviews, essays, photographs, and illustrations, the book uses the story to explore the evolution of the Khmer classical dance tradition, the passage of leadership within artistic tradition nearly destroyed by genocide, and the circumstances of today's women. Read More

Additional contributors include award-winning choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, cultural anthropologist Toni Shapiro-Phim, and visual artist Brian Mendez. "[An] enlightening and engaging exploration of one of the most important works in the Cambodian dance drama repertory... A love letter to the character of Moni Mekhala and all of the women who have safeguarded this exquisite art form for generations, this book is a testament to the power of myth in our everyday lives." Cecily Cook Senior Program Officer, Asian Cultural Council - New York "This book is profoundly artist-centered and thus offers an utterly unique and intimate account of Khmer classical dance. This is the first book to acknowledge how gender and sexuality can be interrogated through Khmer dance, whether in the distant Cambodian past, in a post-genocide present, or in Long Beach, California." Dr. Deborah Wong Professor of Music, University of California - Riverside President of Board of Directors, Alliance for California Traditional Arts. 

“K’bach Bat Neang”


A book cataloguing the many gestures of kbach bat neang (the basic movements of female characters), featuring commentary by Menh Kossany, the star performer of female roles during the 1970s and today considered the most senior teacher in female roles. Kbach Bat Neang is currently available only in Khmer.        

Cambodian School of Fine Arts: 1981-1993

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Dance at the School of Fine Arts: 1981-1993 A book of photos illustrating the history of dance at the School of Fine Arts from 1981-1993, a time which surviving master artists worked to revive Khmer classical dance from the ashes of war, gendocide, and trauma. Dance at the School of Fine Arts: 1981-1993 is currently only available in Khmer.      

“Pithi Sampeah Kru”

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Pithi Sampeah Kru A book of rare photos documenting sampeah kru, an essential dance ritual in which offerings are made to teachers, the spirits of deceased teachers, and the gods. Pithi Sampeah Kru is currently only available in Khmer.          

Sophiline Cheam Shapiro: New Works 1999-2006


Sophiline Cheam Shapiro: New Works 1999-2006 A photobook featuring the original choreography of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro from 1999-2006. Sophiline Cheam Shapiro: New Works 1999-2006 is currently only available in English.    

Seasons of Migration Documentary

Seasons of Migration DocumentarySeasons of Migration is a documentary about Sophilene Cheam Shapiro's four part classical Cambodian dance about the stages of culture shock. It blends the dance with commentary about the music and choreography, and personal stories of emigration and culture shock from Cambodian-American residents of Long Beach, California (the largest Cambodian city outside of Cambodia). A second video presents the complete dance, shot with multiple cameras. The dance is interesting for its use of a classical vocabulary to address contemporary themes. It was produced by John Shapiro, executive director of Khmer Arts. Seasons of Migration is in English and Khmer, with English subtitles when necessary.


Seasons of Migration Soundtrack

Seasons of Migration CD