About the Residency


We welcome Sokeo Ros as our first Artist in Residence of the 2016-17 school year. Sokeo brings dance and theater workshops, lecture-demonstrations and discussions to our communities from October 17-21, addressing important contemporary political and artistic ideas through his work. His culminating performance will take place Friday, October 21, at Loynd Auditorium, Kennett High School, North Conway. Young dancers interested in being part of the show are invited to contact us at programs@aannh.org.

We invite you to preregister for his classes and to purchase tickets in advance for the October 21 performance  (see below).

Upcoming Performances & Events

From Refugee Camp to Project

(Recommended for middle-school and older)

“It’s not often that a show welcomes its audience with a shower of rose petals. And if that alone were not reason enough to check out Sokeo Ros’s endearing performance piece, there are plenty of others.” – NY Times

Loynd Auditorium, Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway
Friday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets in advance or at the door, $10/person, $8 for AANNH members.
Everyone welcome, regardless of ability to pay.

From Refugee Camp to Project tells the story of an individual born in a refugee camp, and raised in the United States, where he lived in a low-income neighborhood that was filled with gangs, poverty and violence. Through hip-hop dance, traditional Khmer dance, theater and story telling, he shares experiences from his life, showing how he has tried to stay away from the negative aspects found within his environments and to create art that connects with audiences of all kinds. Sokeo's message about the power of self-expression through art is compelling, relevant and important.

Purchase tickets here.


Public Classes with Sokeo

Hip-hop and traditional Cambodian dance class/audition
for those interested in performing in the Friday-evening concert
6:30 p.m., Monday, October 17
Note: Additional rehearsals will take place Tuesday & Wednesday for those in the Friday performance. Anyone is welcome to attend this class, including those who do not wish to audition but want to experience the unique combination of hip hop and Cambodian dance!

Hip-hop master class for experienced dancers (teens to adults):
6 p.m., Tuesday, October 18

Hip-hop class for middle school students:
5 p.m., Wednesday, October 19

All classes are $15 and held at
Jeanne Limmer Dance Center, Reporter Court, North Conway NH

Preregistration encouraged; Email us at programs@aannh.org or call us at 323-7302. Checks should be made out to AANNH.

Questions? Email or call us at 603-323-7302.
Please note: All those who wish to attend or participate are welcome at all Arts Alliance programs; if the ticket price or registration fee is a hardship, pay what you can or come as our guest. Please let us know in advance if you have any access needs.

 

Thank you!

This residency is presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and supported in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. We are also deeply grateful for the support and partnership of the Plymouth State University Education, Democracy & Social Change cluster and Division of Dance. Huge thanks also to the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center and Kennett High School, North Conway, and the Creative Edge Dance Studio, Bethlehem. 


 

About the Artist

Sokeo Ros is the Director of the Hip-Hop Dance Program at Everett: Company, Stage and School in Providence, Rhode Island. He was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand and arrived in the United States at the age of three. He grew up in the projects of Providence. As a sophomore in high school he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group.

In 1998 Sokeo joined Everett Dance as a creator and performer. He has been featured in four Everett touring pieces, including “Brainstorm,” about the workings of the human brain, and “Freedom Project,” which explores mass incarceration and its effects on all aspects of society. Sokeo also tours throughout New England in Everett’s educational shows, and he has taught master classes in universities around the region.
He has taught at many RI educational institutions from high schools to the Rhode Island School of Design, and he has taught master classes at universities around the region, and was the recipient of the first Rebecca Blunk Fund Artist Award from the New England Foundation of the Arts.

Sokeo also directs the hip-hop based troupe Case Closed!, which he founded in 2004. Case Closed! has performed at venues including the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Brown University and the Providence Performing Arts Center. Sokeo received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant to develop a Case Closed! hip-hop theater piece, “Culture Shock.”

Sokeo received another RISCA grant to work on “From Refugee Camp to Project,” which tells his life story. He has traveled to Cambodia to volunteer in a non-profit organizations that offered free classes in the performing arts; while there he was able to conduct interviews and research his family’s compelling history of surviving the Khmer Rouge Regime. This was the first time that Sokeo got a chance to meet his Cambodian family.