Cambodia, Here I Am

Theater Play

Cambodia, Here I Am, Vingtième Théâtre (Paris), April 2012 © Dyna Seng

Four women meet and confront their stories and aspirations. Sophea, 20 years-old. French-Cambodian second generation. Her obsession: find her roots and follow her mother’s path. Sovandara, 28 years-old, newcomer. She gave up her life to marry a French man she met in Cambodia. Mom, 36 years-old, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime. Now divorced, she is determined to adopt a child in her country of origin. Metha, 52 years-old, first generation. She left before the fall of Phnom Penh. She has to go back to her native country to see her dying mother.

French Production
Writing and Directing: Jean-Baptiste Phou
Cast: Sonadie San, Ravie Khing, Vantha Talisman, Roat Marie Chaya, Rotha Moeng
Set Design: Mathieu Courtaillier and Jérôme Planque
Lighting Design: Mathieu Courtaillier
Choreography: Vantha Talisman
Premiere at Théâtre la Reine Blanche, Paris in April 2011
Production: Khsay and la boîte à frissons

Cambodian Production
Writing and directing: Jean-Baptiste Phou
Translation: Sot Sovannary
Cast: Dy Saveth, Yim Nimolika, Pumtheara Chenda, Kauv Ly Yann
Music: Sem Kosal and Ieng Sakkona
Choreography: Chumvan “Belle” Sodhachivy
Set and costume design: Fanny Gautreau
Lighting and video design: Angélique Bourcet
Wig and make-up: Ieng Sakkona
Sound: Dara Chek
Technical supervision: Sam Neang
In residency and co produced by l’Institut français du Cambodge
6th edition of festival Lakhaon – Chenla Theater, Phnom Penh September 2012

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