OPERA > Where Elephants Weep

a Khmer rock opera

Chenla Theater, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
World premiere, November 2008

Music Him Sophy
Libretto Catherine Filloux
Director Robert McQueen
Sets and lights Marcus Doshi
Sound Jeffrey Yue

For the shadows, silent silhouettes representing the past, present and future generations of Khmers, I designed costumes which mixed traditional Khmer silhouettes with fabrics whose dappled earthy tones: the historic specificity gave way to a more metaphorical and poetic presence.