In the Khmer language, “nourishment” cannot be expressed without the word “rice”. Cambodians are born, live, work and die in the rice fields. Rice is eaten morning, noon and night. Rice represents the richness of Cambodia but also how Cambodia is exploited by the outside world. “White Gold” begins with a celebration of people’s respect for rice. After damaging his father’s mandala by accident, our leading character finds himself thrown from his village, into a world where rice becomes commerce and hard labour. As the community’s values shift towards monetary interest, they find themselves plunged into competition, jealousy, greed, self-interest. “White Gold” follows an individual and his community as they balance the demands of the modern world, community and Buddhist teachings of moderation.
Artists: Phare Ponleu Selpak (co-producer), Phare Performing Social Enterprise (co-producer) and Productions Hors Jeu (co-producer), Bonthoeun Houn (stage director), Agathe Olivier (collaborators) , Molly Saudek (collaborators), Julien Clement (collaborators), Xavier Gobin (producer), Chantha Nong (composer), Sophea Chea (circus Artist), Vanny Chhoerm (circus artist), Sopheak Houn (circus artist), Kimlon Khuon (circus artist), Tida Kong (circus artist), Viban Kong (circus artist), Sreynuth Oeurn (circus artist), Samnang Heng (circus artist), Sereysokun Heng (painter), Chantha Nong (musician), Ratha Pov (musician) , Danith Deab (musician), Sopheak Sam (technical Director), Soviet Choeun (stage manager), Mono Sun (light designer), Dari Tha (costumes), Chhaiya Oum (set designer), Mona Nhoy (sound engineer), Sopheak Sao (videographer)
Date: 22 – 26.11.2021