Chankethya Chey is one of Cambodia's most promising and exciting young choreographers. Ms. Chey, the first performing artist from Cambodia to be accepted to a graduate program at an American university in over 25 years, has established herself as a dancer of consummate skill. Trained from childhood in the rigorous discipline of Cambodian classical dance, Ms. Chey has participated in performance tours and creative projects worldwide. In 2010 Ms. Chey was selected as one of four dancers to collaborate with renowned choreographer Emmanuelle Phuon on Khmeropédies II, which premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. While studying to earn her Master's of Fine Arts at UCLA, Ms. Chey is distinguishing herself as a brilliant student, a sought-after artistic collaborator, and an important presence in the program.
Grants Awarded2013 | Dance | United States
ACC renewed support for Chankethya Chey to complete a program of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.2012 | Dance | United States
ACC support is allowing Ms. Chey to continue working towards a M.F.A. degree in Choreography under the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).2011 | Dance | United States
ACC support permitted Ms. Chey to begin a program of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in Choreography under the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles in fall 2011 (UCLA).2009 | Dance | United States
to participate in the International Choreographers' Residency Program at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, in summer 2009
Referencing legacies of political conflict, war, genocide, and environmental destruction, Soil explores crisis in three Southeast Asian cultures and transnational, East-West identity through the dancers' personal narratives and choreography.