Prumsodun Ok
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Prumsodun Ok

Founding Artistic Director of Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASAPhnom Penh, Cambodia
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Prumsodun Ok

Founding Artistic Director of Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASAPhnom Penh, Cambodia
About me
Prumsodun Ok is a bridge-building choreographer, director, writer, and teacher committed to the positive transformation of our world. His interdisciplinary performances contemplate the “avant-garde in antiquity,” and have been presented in Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and the United States. His 2013 book Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso was reviewed in the Asian Theatre Journal as “a sampeah kru ritual of a sort: an offering to teachers living and deceased and to Moni Mekhala [the Goddess of the Ocean] herself.” He is a TED Senior Fellow, and the recipient of grants and fellowships from MAP Fund and Surdna Foundation among others. Ok has been a speaker at TED, Directors Lab West, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, and Rajabhat University. He has participated in strategizing roundtables and advisory committees for the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts for LA, and was formerly on the advisory board of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. Ok served as associate artistic director of Khmer Arts and was a member of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’s Board of Directors. He is the founding artistic director of Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA, Cambodia's first gay dance company. "A classically trained artist who refuses to dismantle his tradition even as he challenges its constraints, Ok invokes contemporary political inquiry while retaining the elegant gestural language of Khmer dance." - REDCAT, Los Angeles "Prumsodun Ok has pushed the boundaries of classical Cambodian dance, embodying 'empowered sexuality'. . ." - Java Arts, Phnom Penh "Belleza refrescante." - La Jornada, Mexico City
Projects
  • Prumsodun Ok: The Magic of Khmer Classical Dance
    Prumsodun Ok: The Magic of Khmer Classical Dance
  • Beloved
    BelovedLayering evocative English and Khmer narration onto a lush soundscape, Beloved casts a history of ritual lovemaking into the dancing bodies of gay men. "Radical beauty . . . brave but also intimate and tender." - The Bangkok Post http://bit.ly/2siMjm6
  • Jewelry & Costume Design
    Jewelry & Costume DesignCollar and belt inspired by jewelry and iconography of the Khmer Empire, which gave rise to the ancient temples of Angkor.
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Projects credited in
  • Championing Diversity: Meet the LGBT+  Creative Leaders of Tomorrow
    Championing Diversity: Meet the LGBT+ Creative Leaders of TomorrowWhilst diversity in the Creative Industries is flourishing, there’s still tracks to be made towards equality and inclusivity for all. Discover fresh ideas from people changing perspectives for the better, as nominated by 8 creative icons from across the globe, brought together by WeTransfer and The Dots.
Skills
  • Choreography
  • Direction
  • Writing
  • Accessories Design
  • Arts Education