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Prumsodun Ok

Prumsodun Ok Performing Artist

Prumsodun Ok is a contemporary Cambodian-American artist and the founder of Cambodia┬┤s first all-male and gay-identified dance company. Through the art of Khmer classical dance, he is giving new life to an ancient legacy bringing together multiple approaches to empower heal, and advocate.

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Prumsodun Ok
Cambodia
Performing Artist

The artist

Born to Khmer refugees in the United States, Prumsodun Ok rose from the poverty and violence-stricken inner city of Long Beach to become the new face of Khmer dance. By bringing new life to the ancient art of Khmer classical dance, which was nearly destroyed during the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, the artist is bringing together multiple cultures and approaches to heal, illuminate, and empower, reviving the spirit of his people from the enduring forces of conflict.

He is currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he pioneers work at the forefront of cultural preservation, artistic innovation, and LGBTQ advocacy, creating a new face for Cambodia and for LGBTQ people that transcends pain, struggle, and violence.

Artistic practice

His interdisciplinary performance contemplate the "avant-garde in antiquity", and have been presented in several countries across the world.

Prumsodun Ok's TED Talk

Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA

In 2015, Prumsodun Ok founded Cambodia's first gay dance company, Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA. The company restage Khmer classical dances with a vital freshness and create original, groundbreaking works at the intersection of art and human dignity. As they infuse their tradition with a contemporary spirit, they elevate the quality of life and expression for LGBTQ people in Cambodia and beyond. "Through cultural preservation, artistic innovation, rigorous education, leadership development, and fearless advocacy, we strive to create lasting, positive transformation that is local in character and global in significance". The company has become one of Cambodia's most celebrated dance companies, garnering both popular and critical acclaim.

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