Baryshnikov Arts Center

Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Prumsodun Ok

Inspired by a vivid dream and drawing from Cambodian legends, spiritual beliefs, and movement traditions, Prumsodun Ok (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) will explore humanity’s relationship to the natural world in Robam Prei Russei Meas. Committed to the vitality of Khmer classical dance, Ok’s work considers creation as a gesture of resilience, a fracturing of ignorance, violence, and trauma, and an embodiment of fearless love.

BAC Space Resident Artist


Artist Bio
Prumsodun Ok

Prumsodun Ok

Prumsodun Ok is an artist, teacher, writer, researcher, and cultural activist from committed to the positive transformation of our world. His interdisciplinary performances contemplate the “avant-garde in antiquity,” and have been presented in Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Greece, and the United States. 

His 2013 book Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso was reviewed in the Asian Theatre Journal as “a sampeah kru ritual of a sort: an offering to teachers living and deceased and to Moni Mekhala [the Goddess of the Ocean] herself.” He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from TED, MAP Fund, and Surdna Foundation, and has been a guest speaker and choreographer at California Institute of the Arts, Santa Monica College, Rajabhat University, Directors Lab West, and Theatertreffen among others. Ok formerly served as associate artistic director of Khmer Arts and was a member of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’s Board of Directors. He is the founding artistic director of Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA, Cambodia’s first gay dance company.

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