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Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia—The Politics of Memory and an Aesthetics of Remembrance

  • Marcus Cheng Chye TanEmail author
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Abstract

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is a multimodal performance that interweaves music, film, movement and song to communicate Cambodia’s troubled past under the Khmer Rouge. The production is presented as an interplay of dramatic forms that sought to excavate the past to exorcise the present and reclaim a future through reconciliation and healing. This chapter thus examines the politics of remembering and reconciliation and the ways in which its ‘aesthetics of remembrance’ engenders alternative engagements to historicised narrative through an interpellation of shared affective memory effected by its intermodal and polycultural dramaturgy that employs the structure of a Western requiem and yet contains a libretto of Buddhists texts accompanied by Western orchestral music, traditional Khmer music and vocal chants, choral singing, video and choreographed movement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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