Jolana Jongjam Dance Festival

Jolana Jongjam Dance Festival


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodian Living Arts presents Jolana Jongjam, a dance festival that will premiere three new works and bring artists from Siem Reap, Kampot and Phnom Penh together. This festival will take place Thursday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th , 2015

About the Program

As part of the Acts of Memory program commemorating the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, Cambodian Living Arts will host Jolana Jongjam (Movement Memory), a series of contemporary dance workshops and performances.

Acts of Memory is co-produced by Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center & Cambodian Living Arts and presented by Season of Cambodia. The Acts of Memory program is a series of events and activities that offer audience members opportunities for critical reflections on memory, history and identity.

Jolana Jongjam will serve as a platform for the public presentation of new works by dance companies Epic Arts, New Cambodian Artists and the PanDance Project, intended to encourage a young (Khmer) audience to examine and engage with the arts and their history.

“It is very exciting for young Cambodians to see new works performed by young people representing different parts of Cambodia. Not only will they have a chance to see the performances, the audience members will also get to interact with the artists, ask them questions, give comments and reflect on the past & future” said Mr. Prim Phloeun, the Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts.

Through a series of master classes, workshops and exchanges between the dance companies, Jolana Jongjam is also designed to foster collaboration and innovation among the contemporary dance community, and broader arts community. These workshops are being implemented with co-funding from the European Union action, ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’.

Program Schedule and Ticket Information

Jolana Jongjam will take place across three days: Friday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th.  Friday to Sunday nights will serve to showcase the three original pieces Epic Arts, New Cambodian Artists and the PanDance Project have created to reflect human emotions in the last 50 years of Cambodia’s history. Performances will be at CLA’s Plae Pakaa theatre at the National Museum of Phnom Penh.

The Performance Schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, June 5th – 7 pm: Presentations of Epic Arts’ piece, Come Back Brighter, and the PanDance Project’s piece, The Things They Carried, followed by a post-show discussion with the artists, facilitated by Amrita Performing Arts. (1 hour duration)
  • Saturday, June 6th – 7 pm: Presentation of New Cambodian Artists’ piece, Sronoh (Lament), followed by a post-show discussion with the artists, facilitated by Amrita Performing Arts. (1 hour duration)
  • Sunday, June 7th – (7 pm): All dance shows will be presented once more. No discussion follows.  (1.5 hour duration)

The three-day evening performances are open to public. Tickets are available at Cambodian Living Arts office and Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center. Tickets are priced at 10,000 R for public with 50% discount for students. Audience can also purchase tickets at door on each day of the performances.

During the day from Friday to Sunday, Amrita Performing Arts will facilitate a series of choreo-labs. The purpose of these choreo-labs will be to encourage the companies to engage in creation, creative thinking and new techniques.

Inquiries about Jolana Jongjam, please contact Ms. Darathtey DIN on +855 12 489 325 and at or


Jolana Jongjam Dance Festival

Jolana Jongjam Dance Festival

Cambodian Living Arts was founded by Arn Chorn-Pond in 1998. Cambodian Living Arts facilitates the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. They work in collaboration with others to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities through four key programs – Artist Development, Learning and Leadership, Knowledge, Networks & Policy and Market Creation. Season of Cambodia was initiated by Cambodian Living Arts in 2012, with a mission to illuminate and to advance Cambodian arts and culture, driving international support and attention to the creativity and diversity of cultural expressions in Cambodia today.

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