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Bangsokol

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia

A stunning and cathartic musical experience created by survivors of the Khmer Rouge.

Cambodian Flag FROM CAMBODIA
DEC 19 - 20, 2017



In Review

"An almost dream-like quality to the performance as the collective voices, along with occasional layers of pre-recorded voices and the musical forms grow and fade into sequences."

"You feel a sense of hope..."

"A highly commendable performance for people of all ages."



A ‘Requiem’ for Cambodian Genocide Victims Wants to Help Bring ‘Peace to the World’
-NBC News



Asia Life

"A ground-breaking composition fusing music, dance, film and vocals"

“It’s art celebrating the fact that life goes on. While we will never forget, we do continue to live.”



The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ "A reassuring light after utter darkness, a promise of resurgence."

"A moving, cogent experience...a harmonically complex score."



The Plus Ones

"Brilliant. The visuals gave form and meaning to the emotive chanting. The combination between West and East art forms was sublime and harmonious. The experience truly came through as a new form of expression; arising from the ashes."



Melbourne Festival 2017: Bangsokol evokes the horror of the Killing Fields

"With an international cast of musicians, dancers, singers and an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia fuses the traditional Buddhist rite of offering peace to the dead (the Bangsokol), with the Western requiem, which derives from the Latin noun requies, 'rest'."



A conversation with Him Sophy, creator of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia
By Jennifer Down

“You remember your ancestors who have passed away. But bangsokol also gives hope to people who are still alive … It’s good to not only think about death, but also about the living.”