Choreographic Research with Sophiline Cheam Shapiro

Amanda Miller


Choreographer Amanda Miller explored the movement of Cambodian classical dance as it intersects with Miller's western classical ballet training. This research took place in collaboration with Cambodian dance artist Sophiline Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia, and involved physical practice as well as critical analysis and reflection. Cheam Shapiro is the co-founder of the Khmer Arts Academy and one of the first graduates of Phnom Penh's Royal University of Fine Arts, following the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge. She has made a significant contribution to the preservation of traditional Cambodian dance forms and has been honored with Guggenheim and Irvine dance fellowships, as well as the 2006 Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture.