Stage Director Stefano Vizioli and Musical Director Aaron Carpene have between them contributed to over 100 opera productions in well-established opera companies and festivals internationally. Stefano Vizioli is currently the Artistic Director of the Teatro Verdi di Pisa in Italy. As opera assumes greater popularity throughout the Asian region, Vizioli and Carpene have come to specialise in reconceptualising Western opera through the traditional performing arts and theology of Asian cultures. Their production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea in the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan in 2013 brought together an international opera cast with the Royal Academy of Performing Arts in Bhutan. The New York Times proclaimed it, “not just an extraordinary achievement, but a deeply moving human experience.” The work of the two directors can be seen at operaESTrema
Nam Narim comes from a long family line of esteemed Cambodian classical dancers. Narim began her classical training at the age of nine. She completed the Secondary School of Fine Arts in 2000 and received her BA in Choreographic Arts from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh in 2004. She continued her studies at the Korean National University of Arts where she graduated in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Choreography. She is currently a member of the Cambodian National Theatre troupe, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. Narim has performed in a number of new works of contemporary dance with Amrita Performing Arts and was a featured dancer in Stravinsky’s Persephone directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. Narim was a featured dancer in CRACK – a new work of Cambodian contemporary dance by German choreographer Arco Renz that was awarded the 2012 ZKB Patronage Prize in Zurich Switzerland in September 2012. Recently, Narim has been selected to participate in the 2013 Young Choreographers Project in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Nevio is an Italian freelance light designer and production manager. He teaches Light Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. His international collaborations include the Teatro Dante Alighieri Ravenna, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini Parma, Teatro A. Ponchielli Cremona, CNA Corea – Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Pavarotti di Modena, Teatro delle Muse Ancona, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbona, Teatro Regio -Teatro Stabile Torino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, Macao international music festival, Opera Sanxay. Important theatre and festival events include Silos Armani Milano collezione permanente, Louis Vuitton settimana del Design Milano 2018, Luca Ronconi, Teatro Stabile Verona Misura per Misura, Tokyo millenario – Kobe Luminarie Giappone, Conferenza ITCN Nagoya Giappone, Festival di Babilonia 1994 Iraq, Olimpiadi del Teatro 2001 Mosca, Festival dos Oceanos Lisbona.
Chankethya Chey (Kethya) started her classical dance training at the age of five. As one of Cambodia’s outstanding classical dancers, Kethya has performed nationally and internationally with the Cambodian Ballet Royal Troupe. I Kethya has worked under some of the world’s leading contemporary choreographers at World Dance Alliance (WDA) choreographic labs in Brisbane, Hong Kong and New Delhi and has been a featured dancer in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin, Arco Renz and others that have toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Kethya became the Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts in 2014 and teaches dance at the Secondary School of Fine Arts.
Henk de Jong is a professional trainer, project manager, technical and business adviser and producer. His practical and result-orientated nature is shown in his vast international track record as executive director, program coordinator, business consultant, trainer / educator and organisational development specialist in the areas of Civil Society development, inclusive development, business, film and creative industry. Over the past number of years he has worked in Cambodia, the Netherlands, Bhutan, Moldova, Armenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Surinam and Mali.