A Performance of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia Brings Lessons of the Cambodian Genocide to Facing History Classrooms

A Performance of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia Brings Lessons of the Cambodian Genocide to Facing History Classrooms

Presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with ArtsEmerson on Wednesday, December 20

BOSTON, Massachusetts (12/13/17) – Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with ArtsEmerson, are excited to present a Community Conversation in advance of the Wednesday, December 20th performance of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia at the Emerson Paramount Center.

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, an extraordinary new composition fusing music, film, voice and movement addresses the traumas that occurred in Cambodia in the late seventies. It is a collaboration between the Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh and lauded composer Him Sophy, both survivors of the Khmer Rouge.  Following the performance, students will have the chance to reflect on the performance and ask questions, and hear the stories of survivors during a post-show talk-back.

Prior to the performance, 6 educators from 5 schools (including Boston Latin Academy, Dover-Sherborn High School, Lowell High School, Natick High School and Somerville High School) will receive a packet of lessons and background on the Cambodian Genocide to use in their classrooms, with a focus on preparing for the special performance of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia. On the day of the performance, selected students will attend an exclusive presentation with experts on the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Genocide.

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, an extraordinary new composition fusing music, film, voice and movement addresses the traumas that occurred in Cambodia in the late seventies. It is a collaboration between the Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh and lauded composer Him Sophy, both survivors of the Khmer Rouge.  Following the performance, students will have the chance to reflect on the performance and ask questions, and hear the stories of survivors during a post-show talk-back.

Community Conversations are structured to be welcoming and open so students can explore first hand how they can become engaged and empowered members of their communities and make substantive contributions to public discourse.

“Facing History is proud to present this unique opportunity to explore how artistic expression can help to tell stories and heal communities.” said Fran Colletti, Facing History’s Executive Director for New England. “As we look at societies around the world experiencing turmoil and violence in the wake of political upheavals, it’s especially important for students to understand a performance like this through the guided lens of Facing History.”

For more information about this event, please contact Valerie Linson, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or 617-735-1698.

About The Allstate Foundation 

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation, and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth, and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit AllstateFoundation.org.

About ArtsEmerson

ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. It is dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen connections to each other. By cultivating diversity in the art and in the audience, ArtsEmerson ignites public conversation around the most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them. ArtsEmerson is committed to welcoming everyone into its landmark venues, located in Boston’s downtown Theatre District, for a diverse program of contemporary theatre, film, and music from around the city and around the world. In addition, ArtsEmerson engages in a range of community partnerships and produces a series of initiatives that make visible the rich diversity of cultural activity in the region. These programs are core to ArtsEmerson’s mission and expresses commitment to civic responsibility to create a more cohesive society. ArtsEmerson is led by Artistic Director, David Dower and Executive Director, David Howse. This shared leadership model reflects the organization’s values — that diverse perspectives are essential to leading a 21st century arts organization. For more information, visit ArtsEmerson.org.

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