Brodal Serei explores the personal history of the Khmer boxer beyond the thrills and spills of the boxing ring in present-day Cambodia. It scrutinizes a way of living not often seen by the audience and television cameras during the exciting and glamorous competitive fights. This dance reveals intimate social, cultural and socio-economic aspects of the sport, inspired by fight choreographies and physical gestures of the Khmer boxing vocabulary. Through a series of engaging scenes that weave dance, drama, and storytelling, Brodal Serei casts the spotlight on the human face – and body – of success and struggle of a Cambodian cultural form where economy and sport are intertwined intricately.
Brodal Serei is based on interviews with professional boxer Hem Saran, and is a collaboration with sound artist Zai McIntosh Tang.
Brodal Serei was created with funds from individual donors and an additional grant from Asian Cultural Council. It is commissioned by Esplanade Da:ns festival in Singapore and premiered October 2016.