coquille 3 // Chey Chankethya, Meena Murugesan, and Laurel Jenkins Tentindo with Maria Garcia and Brian Wood
Sunday, Dec 7 2014
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

coquille  3

with choreography found live by Chey Chankethya, Meena Murugesan, and Laurel Jenkins Tentindo

costumes built live by Maria Garcia

music composed live by Brian Wood

Our trio centers on the physical dialog that emerges between our traditions: Cambodian classical dance, Bharata Natyam, and Postmodern dance.


Chey Chankethya started her classical dance training at Five. Upon completion of school, she pursued her studies at the Royal University of Fine Arts in the Faculty of Choreographic Arts and obtained her BA in 2005 – she also holds a BA degree in English from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. As one of the top classical dancers, she has had opportunities to perform nationally and internationally with the Cambodian ballet Royal Troupe. From 2001-2005, she was a performing artist in the Southeast Asia Dance production Realizing Rama that toured Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea and India. Her choreographic works, both classical and contemporary, includeDilemma (2002), Falling in Love (2003), Golden Deer (2004), Preah Khan Reach (2005) and Water and Thunder (2006). In 2006, she was awarded a Choreography Arts Management Fellowship to support a three-month residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which led to the creation of Same and Different. In 2007, Kethya participated in the Choreographer and Composer Workshop, a four-week training program in Surabaya, as part of the Indonesia Dance Festival. In 2009 she got an ACC grant to participate in American Dance Festival, ADF. Kethya teaches classical dance at the Secondary School of Fine Arts and is the leader of Trey Visay (Compass), a dance ensemble consisting of nine young Cambodian dancers that aims to explore and create their own contemporary dance vocabulary. She is a 2011-2014 Fulbright grantee who is presently pursuing her MFA program in UCLA and continues to dance regularly with Amrita Performing Arts.

Maria Garcia.  I am a designer and maker of costume and other things. I studied Fashion Design at FIDM in Los Angeles and I have a BA in Theatre Studies from London Metropolitan University in the UK. I work with theatre of the oppressed and other forum theatre companies like Cardboard Citizens, and Streetwise Opera in the UK who work with participants and professionals who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced it in the past. Other companies and collaborators in the UK and US include: English Touring Opera, English National Opera, English National Ballet, Birmingham Opera Company, Facefront Theatre, Mamoru Iriguchi, and Laurel Tentindo. I am currently developing a work entitled Moon River. It was created in the UK with Catarina Moreno and has been shown and supported by the Green Room in Manchester, and the Cockpit Theatre in London. I am currently developing the work with movement artist Madison Page, and musicians Grace Freeman and Sasha Evans. You can see Moon River at the Company Creation Festival, Son of Semele Ensemble Theatre in January. I am dedicated to passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform and continuing to put pressure on our President to use his executive authority in order to stop separating families.

Meena Murugesan is a choreographer, filmmaker, and teaching artist. She investigates the ways in which South Asian dance histories intersect with western dance histories, and re-choreographs these post-colonial junctions through live performance and multi-media. Born and raised in Montréal, Canada, she has been living in Los Angeles for the last three years where she recently completed her MFA in dance (UCLA, June 2014). Meena’s movement practice is deeply rooted in bharata natyam, improvisation, somatic body practices, and house dance; key teachers include Vasantha Krishnan, Josefina Baez, Zab Maboungou, Marie-Claude Rodrigue, Michael Greyeyes, Dazl, and Rennie Harris. As a community arts educator, she facilitates ethical filmmaking and movement processes with racialized youth, girls, and criminalized women as collaborative acts that unpack stereotypes, stigma, and systems of oppression. Meena is the newest member of Post Natyam Collective, and a founding member of the DesiJam Dance Collective. She is currently presenting her latest choreography we used to see this, and completing two short films.

Laurel Jenkins Tentindo originally from Vermont, is an LA-based movement artist.  She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, and created original roles in Browns four final works.  She has danced with Vicky Shick, Sara Rudner, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and in Harry Partch’s opera, Delusion of the Fury, directed by John Jesurun.  Tendindo’s choreography has been presented in NYC at:  Danspace, Joyce SoHo, and Judson Church, in Los Angeles at: Highways, the Fowler Museum, The Hammer Museum, The Electric Lodge, LA Movement Arts and Pieter Performance Space, and internationally at: Tanz im August: Berlin International Dance Festival, Coventry University, UK and the Prague Fringe.  She developed choreography for Poe (and the museum of lost arts), a hybrid performance/film, directed by Elise Kermani/Mishinnah Productions. Laurel has been a guest faculty member at the New School in NYC, and taught at Sarah Lawrence College, St. Mary’s College, The University of Washington, Roger Williams University, Chaillot Theater Paris, Centre National de la Danse Lyon/Rhone-Alpes, The Conservatoire de Lyon, Konservatorium Wien, and Tilt in Milan.  Laurel has been an artist in residence at Decoda in the UK and at Improvisation Xchange, Berlin.  This summer she set a piece from Trisha Brown’s repertory in Biel, Switzerland, and will teach for the month of March at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels.  She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, a certified Skinner Releasing Teacher and a current MFA candidate in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Laurel is a recipient of the Forti Family Scholarship, Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship, Sandra Kaufman Scholarship, and the Alma Hawkins MFA Scholarship. Visit

Brian Wood grew up in a household filled with art, music, and encouragement.  Brian learned through improvisation- relating in a very personal manner to any instrument that came his way. He studied composition under Jeremy Haladyna at UCSB’s college of creative studies as well as electronic music with Curtis Roads. He has studied and performed marching percussion, Middle Eastern lute, Indian Sitar and Tablas. He spent 3 years in Japan where he studied tsugaru shamisen and performed with Kiyomori Daiko- a taiko drum group in Hiroshima prefecture. Brian is extremely fond of connecting to movement and space with the sound he creates. He has worked extensively with, and taught improvisation. He has composed music for film, yoga breath work albums, online documentaries, dance performances, and recently collaborated with a Japan-based director on a dance film. He has collaborated live with several Los Angeles theater productions and has been in a touring rock band. Above all he has a passion for connecting to people in alive and healing ways!

Admission is your non-monetary donation to the FREE bar or the FREE boutique.  Suggested items include: Gas money for the musician’s long drive, food, drink, throw pillows, small rugs, purses, your old christmas sweaters, mulled wine, cider.

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