Helena's blog

On The Road

Getting to know the World makes travelling a prime activity, and we love it.  A month in Europe shutling between Spain and Holland, attending conferences and meeting artists endeavoring to hang on to their cultures that have been handed down through generations; two weeks in the US fund raising and performing for fundraisers; and now on to California.  Universities in Northern California are uniting to host a three day conference on the art and socity of Cambodia.  And why ?  Because the Cambodians born in the US since the horrendous days of the Kmer Rouge do not know of their rich artisti

Tears For the Future

Moments come around. My meeting with the Reasmey Angkor Opera Company on the side of the road where they had set up their mobile theatre in central Cambodia ended in tears. The director, Khmer Rouge survivor Len Chouen, sank to his knees in front of me with tears streaming down his cheeks begging me to help them. "We are starving. Our art will die. We are the last to know this form of opera. We will not be able to go on. Please help us."