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  • Biography


SOPHILINE CHEAM SHAPIRO’s choreography is distinguished by its impeccable technique, its capacity to expand the Cambodian classical vocabulary and realize new works, and its collaborations across disciplines. Her original dances have been commissioned by and toured to venues on four continents.

Cheam Shapiro is a 2013 McKnight International Artist Fellow, a 2009 recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship and a USA Knight Fellow. She was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in 2006 and has received Creative Capital, Durfee, Guggenheim and Irvine Dance Fellowships, among many other honors.

Born in Phnom Penh, Cheam Shapiro was a member of the first generation to graduate from the School of Fine Arts after the fall of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime and toured internationally with the School's company. She is also a graduate of the UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures.

Cheam Shapiro is the co-founder and artistic director of Khmer Arts, a transnational dance organization dual-based in Takhmao, Cambodia, and Long Beach, USA.


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22 June 2013; PEN International Literary Conference; Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
23 May 2013; Welt Museum; Vienna, Austria.
1-14 April 2013; State Theater, Minneapolis, and Joyce Theater, New York, USA.

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