Puppets? Non-western theater? From Cambodia?
Yes! Right here in NYC this week!
This troupe very rarely performs outside of Cambodia, and we are so lucky to have them at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place this week. I watched the spacing rehearsal this afternoon, and can not wait to see the first rehearsal with lighting on Monday night. This is something special, and something we rarely see here in the U.S.A.
If you want to stop by rehearsal on Monday or Tuesday night, please text me so I can confirm what's going on. The dress is slated for 8pm on Wednesday.
Performances are at 8pm on Thurs 4/25, Fri 4/26, Sat 4/27 & Sun 4/28. The show is family-friendly and free.
Sbeik Thom (shadow puppetry) is an ancient and sacred form of Cambodian theater traditionally performed on ceremonial occasions. Performances of Sbeik Thom feature puppeteers and dancers manipulating large-scale leather shadow puppets against a lit screen while accompanied by a pinpeat ensemble. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield as part of Season of Cambodia, the Sbeik Thom Troupe from Wat Bo in Siem Reap will perform Sor Neakabas – a tale from the Reamker, Cambodia’s beloved version of the Ramayana epic. Under threat of extinction during the Khmer Rouge regime, this Sbeik Thom performance is not only a New York City premiere, but also a testament to the strength of a remarkable nation, culture, and community of artists.