Miro Dance Theater residency in Cambodia

Philadephila’s Miro Dance Theater has embarked on an exciting residency in Cambodia. Artistic directors Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein founded Miro in order to realize their unique creative vision and explore the intersections of contemporary dance, video and visual art. Miller has twenty years of performance experience including ten years as a dancer at the Pennsylvania Ballet. Rothlein works as an international video artist and visual designer. Together they are plunging into the worlds of traditional Khmer dance and contemporary video AND PERFORMANCE art in Phnom Penh.

Miller is working with Sophiline Cheam-Shapiro and the Khmer Arts Ensemble. As part of her practice, Miller is learning Khmer dance technique, wearing the typical dance uniform and taking on the challenge of learning to dance to the traditional pin-peat percussion orchestra. In exchange, Miller is teaching the Khmer Arts dancers the basics of Western classical, modern, and improvisational dance techniques. Miller and Cheam-Shapiro are also collaborating on a dance duet utilizing both Khmer and Western dance techniques that will be performed at the end of the residency. Miller’s residency activities have been supported by The Pew Center For Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance.

While Miller dances, co-director Rothlein will have two gallery openings in Phnom Penh. The first is a solo show, ISOLATIONS, at MetaHouse gallery and the second a group show with Rothlein and two cambodian artists (Samnang Khvay and sochanlina lim) at SaSa gallery. Video and performance art are still relatively new concepts in Cambodia and Rothlein is happy to be sharing his work there.   Rothlein is also leading a workshop with a focus on video and performance art.   During these workshops  artists are learning to press boundaries by focusing on concept while incorporating the body into their work

You can find out more about Miro’s adventures in Cambodia on the Miro website:
http://www.mirodancetheatre.org/

and on their personal blogs:
http://amanda-miller.net/
http://www.tobinrothlein.com/

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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