A Change of Guard

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Friday, 30 April 2010


Watch video of Sokvannara Sar dancing.

Sy Sar and Anne Bass was interview on "the 10 show live" at 11:00AM Philadelphia this morning but I couldn't find the video clip online. Maybe they have not yet post it. You can check later if they post the interview.
Bill was interveiwing them on April 29, 2010 on 11:00AM - 12:00PM Show
NBC Philadelphia, the 10 show! http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/shows/10-show/
One Week Only! Starts Friday, April 30
at the Ritz at the Bourse
Philadelphia, PA

Dancing Across Borders chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of a 16-year-old boy from Angkor Wat, Cambodia named Sokvannara "Sy" Sar. Immensely moved by his amazing natural charm and grace as a dancer, filmmaker Anne Bass decided to bring Sy to the ballet stage in America. A longtime patron of dance in the U.S., she arranged for Sy to visit New York and audition for the prestigious School of the American Ballet (SAB). What unfolds is a tentative negotiation between Sy and the world of American ballet and culture—from the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of SAB, to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. The film follows Sy's unusual development as a dancer and offers a remarkable behind-the-scenes look into the world of American ballet. At its heart, Dancing Across Borders is an extraordinary story of growth, adaptation, and belonging as well as of the development of talent and the mastery of an art form.
R. Visal
Philadelphia, PA


SOKVANNARA (SY) SAR, Dancing Across Border - Brief Bio

Sokvannara (Sy) Sar was born in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he studied traditional Khmer dance from the age of ten at the Wat Bo School. He often performed with the school’s troupe at Preah Khan Temple for guests of the World Monuments Fund. In 2000, Anne Bass, an American enthusiast and supporter of ballet, saw him there and was impressed by his talent and invited him to visit the School of American Ballet in New York.

Sar studied at the School of American Ballet for five years and ultimately joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle when his teacher, Peter Boal, became Artistic Director.

Sar was a semifinalist in the International Ballet Competition, Varna, where he performed variations from Giselle, La Sylphide, Coppelia, and Le Corsaire. He was also a guest artist at the cross-cultural evening at the Chatomuk Theatre to celebrate the opening of the new United States Embassy complex in Phnom Penh, where he danced variations from Square Dance, Tschaikovsky pas de deux, and Le Corsaire. He has originated roles in Benjamin Millepied’s On the Other Side, 28 Variations of a Theme by Paganini, and 3 Movements. In July, 2008, Sar performed On the Other Side, accompanied by Philip Glass, for the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. In addition, he has danced featured roles in George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula, William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced, Kent Stowell’s The Nutcracker, Twyla Tharp’s Waterbabies Bagatelle, and Marco Goecke's Mopey.
While still in Cambodia, Sar placed third in the National Japanese Language Competition. During his years at the School of American Ballet, Sar also attended Professional Children’s School, from which he graduated in 2003 with honors. He has attended Fordham University and Seattle Community College.
Retrieve: http://dancingacrossborders.net/bios.html


Philadelphia, PA... Landmark Ritz at Bourse... April 30 - May 6, 2010
Showtimes... 1:10, 3:30, 5:40, 7:40, 9:45pm



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"This story's a fairy tale come true. It's magical to watch Sar, who seems as light as air but powerful as a gale-force wind. You can applaud now."

–Deborah G. Guadan
San Francisco Chronicle
We are pleased to annouce that
Dancing Across Borders
opens Friday at...

Berkeley, CA at
Landmark Shattuck April 30 - May 6, 2010
Showtimes: 3:00, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40pm (Friday - Sunday: 12:35pm)
Filmmaker Anne Bass and dancer Sokvannara Sar in attendance
Sunday, May 2 after 5:10 show

Long Beach, CA at
Art Theatre April 30 - May 2, 2010
Showtimes: 4:30pm (daily)

Philadelphia, PA at
Landmark Ritz at Bourse April 30 - May 6, 2010
Showtimes: 1:10, 3:30, 5:40, 7:40, 9:45pm

San Francisco, CA at
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema April 30 - May 6, 2010
Showtimes: 1:45, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10pm (Friday - Sunday)
1:45, 4:20, 6:45pm (Monday - Thursday)
Filmmaker Anne Bass and dancer Sokvannara Sar in attendance
Saturday, May 1 after 6:45pm and before 9:10pm shows

Washington, DC at
Landmark E Street April 30 - May 6, 2010
Showtimes: 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50pm (Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am)
Filmmaker Anne Bass and dancer Sokvannara Sar in attendance
Friday, April 30 after 7:40 and before 9:50pm shows

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