Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an extraordinary new composition fusing music, voice, movement, and visuals. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas of the late 1970s in Cambodia, and the first collaboration between contemporaries Rithy PANH and HIM Sophy, both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance. Find out more!
Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia incorporates the form of the Western requiem, contextualizing it in Khmer culture with bangsokol, a ceremony that accompanies Cambodian funeral rites. This word references both the white cloth placed over the deceased during a Buddhist funeral and the ritual surrounding the removal of the cloth. It is this act that signifies transmigration into the next life: the ritual through which the spirits of the dead find rest. Find out more!