Cambodian dancer Charya Burt collaborated with World Arts West to create a new work exploring the 1906 encounter between Auguste Rodin and the Royal Cambodian Ballet. Burt is responding to the more than 150 drawings and sketches made by the French artist, when he followed the company’s tour across France. The traditions Rodin depicted are the same ones that Charya Burt currently sustains. Burt’s choreography was set to original music by composer Alexis Alrich. The performance was presented alongside a visual artist painting in Rodin’s style on large canvases during the performance.
Charya Burt is a graduate and former dance faculty member of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She began her training in 1982 under the direction of the foremost dance masters of Cambodia. She moved to the United States in 1993, where she has taught and performed widely. World Arts West, producer of the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, has recently begun working with some of its artists to create and present longer format works: Charya Burt’s Blossoming Antiquities was among the first of these productions.