Posts Tagged ‘Chumvan Sodhachivy’

My first encounter with Chumvan Sodhachivy, aka Belle, was during the Rubbish Fashion Show at Elsewhere dated back in 2007. At that time she was invited to make a short performance during the show. Yet it was only when I saw her performance at French Cultural Centre in 2009 that I started to fall in love with her creative and unique contemporary dance.

Again last week I was amazed with performances by her and her team, Silver Belle, at Gasolina. Her pliant body, richness of expression and fast-moving actions could easily capture the audient’s hearts.

Belle & Silver Belle at Gasolina

Belle & Silver Belle at Gasolina

Belle & Silver Belle at Gasolina


It was the right decision to see the music and dance event organized by the French Cultural Centre at its premise last Saturday. It was a combination of jazz by Louis Sclavis from France, Khmer traditional music by Phare Ponleu Selpak and Khmer Dance by Khmer contemporary dancer Chumvan Sodhachivy, better known as Belle.

It is very interesting to see the use of Khmer traditional music instruments to mix contemporary music. It was a very great mixture. Dance performance by Belle even more impressive. It was very creative to fasten the slow movements of Apasara dancing style in order to accompany the fast tempo music. It was just amazing.

090121atfcc1About an hour before the show began.

090121atfcc2Jazz musician Louis Sclavis and Phare Ponleu Selpak music band.

090121atfcc3Khmer contemporary dancer Belle, a graduate of the Royal University of Fine Arts