A vacant lot in Cambodia Town, Long Beach, CA

The first of the Expulsion Series, this collaboration between Khmer Arts Academy, Long Beach Arts Council, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre enlivened the heart of Cambodia Town in March 2010. Based on themes of migration and displacement, Expulsion explores the temporary, and often fragile nature of “home.” Alex Ward of lxw design created the three story set, which was constructed of industrial scaffolding, while Alex Noice composed the original score. Expulsion Long Beach melded traditional Khmer and contemporary Western dance to collectively tell the two culture’s “expulsion stories” through performance.

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