Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA is creating Cambodia's first gay dance company
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Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA is Cambodia’s first gay dance company. We re-stage Khmer classical dances with a vital freshness, and create original, groundbreaking works that thrive at the intersection of art and human dignity. We are committed to elevating the quality of life and expression for LGBTQ people in Cambodia, in a manner that is local in character and global in significance.

We take a simple, symbiotic approach in our work—give LGBTQ people a place within the art of Khmer classical dance and the society it represents and, therefore, give a cherished tradition once nearly annihilated new caretakers and life. We are doing this in a tough environment, in a country still grappling with the effects of genocide, and one with little funding resources for independent, artist-led endeavors like our own. This is why we are asking for our family, friends, and kindred-spirits all across the world to join us in empowering the next generation of LGBTQ artists with the skills to question, explore, and shape the world around them. Help us show gay beauty, strength, and resilience, transform a legacy of loss, war, and trauma into wholesome rebuilding that pushes for new heights!



Any amount that you can give will be accepted with utmost gratitude. But, as you think about how to give most fully with your heart and means, please consider our budget:

  • $600 per month towards studio rental. This is the place where our company first formed, where we train and create, where we laugh and cry, watch eye-opening films, and explore other artistic traditions. It is also a source of income for us, a place where we push ourselves towards self-sustainability by offering weekly workshops and intimate performances as well.
  • $3200 per month towards artist salaries. At a time when a garment worker receives $163 per month and entry-level university graduates make $300 per month, our dancers are receiving $400 per month. Our artistic director firmly believes that nurturing an artist is to nurture the entirety of someone’s being, and artists who dance with dignity, freedom, and independence can only do so when they have the means to live with dignity, freedom, and independence as well. We currently have a total of eight dancers in our company.
  • $2400 per month towards our artistic director's salary. Our artistic director is the source of our vision, bravely forging new paths and possibilities for our company, culture, and community. He is the person who trains our dancers, conceives innovative projects, and choreographs the groundbreaking dances that make us special (on top of handling administrative matters). His salary is humble compared to the contributions that he is making to Cambodia and the world. But it allows for him to live, create, and fight the good fight.

$7200 per month creates a movement. Will you join us?



We're going to keep it short but we hope that you can learn more about us in the news and help us spread the word!

"Meet Cambodia's First LGBTQ Dance Company"
- NBC News
http://nbcnews.to/2nUuS8r

"Now, if these dances do indeed serve as a mirror of the heavens,
there are finally gay angels, and they dance beautifully."
- Hyperallergic
http://bit.ly/2b4GAJX

"Radical beauty. . . brave but also intimate and tender."
- The Bangkok Post
http://bit.ly/2siMjm6

"Dance Against Discrimination"
- The Cambodia Daily
http://bit.ly/2wklH3v
Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA is Cambodia’s first gay dance company. We re-stage Khmer classical dances with a vital freshness, and create original, groundbreaking works that thrive at the intersection of art and human dignity. We are committed to elevating the quality of life and expression for LGBTQ people in Cambodia, in a manner that is local in character and global in significance.

We take a simple, symbiotic approach in our work—give LGBTQ people a place within the art of Khmer classical dance and the society it represents and, therefore, give a cherished tradition once nearly annihilated new caretakers and life. We are doing this in a tough environment, in a country still grappling with the effects of genocide, and one with little funding resources for independent, artist-led endeavors like our own. This is why we are asking for our family, friends, and kindred-spirits all across the world to join us in empowering the next generation of LGBTQ artists with the skills to question, explore, and shape the world around them. Help us show gay beauty, strength, and resilience, transform a legacy of loss, war, and trauma into wholesome rebuilding that pushes for new heights!



Any amount that you can give will be accepted with utmost gratitude. But, as you think about how to give most fully with your heart and means, please consider our budget:

  • $600 per month towards studio rental. This is the place where our company first formed, where we train and create, where we laugh and cry, watch eye-opening films, and explore other artistic traditions. It is also a source of income for us, a place where we push ourselves towards self-sustainability by offering weekly workshops and intimate performances as well.
  • $3200 per month towards artist salaries. At a time when a garment worker receives $163 per month and entry-level university graduates make $300 per month, our dancers are receiving $400 per month. Our artistic director firmly believes that nurturing an artist is to nurture the entirety of someone’s being, and artists who dance with dignity, freedom, and independence can only do so when they have the means to live with dignity, freedom, and independence as well. We currently have a total of eight dancers in our company.
  • $2400 per month towards our artistic director's salary. Our artistic director is the source of our vision, bravely forging new paths and possibilities for our company, culture, and community. He is the person who trains our dancers, conceives innovative projects, and choreographs the groundbreaking dances that make us special (on top of handling administrative matters). His salary is humble compared to the contributions that he is making to Cambodia and the world. But it allows for him to live, create, and fight the good fight.

$7200 per month creates a movement. Will you join us?



We're going to keep it short but we hope that you can learn more about us in the news and help us spread the word!

"Meet Cambodia's First LGBTQ Dance Company"
- NBC News
http://nbcnews.to/2nUuS8r

"Now, if these dances do indeed serve as a mirror of the heavens,
there are finally gay angels, and they dance beautifully."
- Hyperallergic
http://bit.ly/2b4GAJX

"Radical beauty. . . brave but also intimate and tender."
- The Bangkok Post
http://bit.ly/2siMjm6

"Dance Against Discrimination"
- The Cambodia Daily
http://bit.ly/2wklH3v

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