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Remaining with the Khmer Rouge: Contemporary Cambodian Performances Addressing Genocide in a Post-genocide Era

Amanda Rogers Orcid Logo

GeoHumanities, Pages: 1 - 20

Swansea University Author: Amanda Rogers Orcid Logo

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 1st November 2022

Abstract

This article examines how the legacies and experiences of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) are expressed by contemporary dancers in Cambodia. It stems from the recognition that such works do not always resort to particular performative formats for their power and effect – specifically those that rely upo...

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Published in: GeoHumanities
ISSN: 2373-566X 2373-5678
Published: Informa UK Limited 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa57601
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Abstract: This article examines how the legacies and experiences of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) are expressed by contemporary dancers in Cambodia. It stems from the recognition that such works do not always resort to particular performative formats for their power and effect – specifically those that rely upon testimonial forms that promote the desire for showing, documenting, witnessing and healing. This is not to deny those dynamics in these works, nor the importance of them for artistic expression, but it is to consider how creative praxis can potentially open up additional, and culturally specific, responses to a genocidal era. In particular, the article draws upon Rebecca Schneider’s (2011) ideas of performing remains to argue that the multiple temporalities of history are leading some artists to express experiences of the regime through forms of performance that articulate hope for the future.
Keywords: Cambodia; contemporary dance; genocide; Khmer Rouge; performance
College: College of Science
Funders: British Academy-ASEASUK-ECAF; Leverhulme Trust.
Start Page: 1
End Page: 20