Prumsodun Ok works to positively transform our world through his practice as an artist, curator, teacher, writer, storyteller, and organizer. His interdisciplinary performance works explore poet Rene Daumal’s expression of “the avant-garde in antiquity,” mining the tradition of Cambodian classical dance to explore the intersection of contemporary social issues and new possibilities for performance.
Prum was born and raised in Long Beach, CA where he began his training in Cambodian classical dance with award-winning choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. He later studied experimental filmmaking under the direction of artists such as Ernie Gehr, Brook Hinton, Jeanne Liotta, and composer Charles Boone at the San Francisco Art Institute. Prum has trained in Takhmao, Cambodia with master artist Penh Yom of the Khmer Arts Ensemble, Cambodia’s leading ensemble of classical dance and music. Most recently, he studied with seminal opera director Peter Sellars and scholars Anurima Banerji and David Gere at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department.
Prum has performed his original choreography extensively through out California at venues such as REDCAT (Los Angeles), Highways (Santa Monica), Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles), Getty Museum (Los Angeles), CounterPULSE (San Francisco), KUNST-STOFF arts/fest (San Francisco), and Red Poppy Art House (San Francisco). He has conceived and directed curatorial programs such as the SFAI Asian Performance Series (San Francisco) and Khmer Arts Salon Series (Long Beach); he was a guest curator for Intercity at METAHOUSE (Phnom Penh) and Anatomy Riot (Los Angeles). Prum has been a featured speaker on many occasions at venues such as TED (Long Beach), CounterPULSE (San Francisco), USC (Los Angeles), and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (New York). His writings have been published by Salon.com, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, In Dance Magazine and featured by the California Dance Network.
Among many awards, Prum is the recipient of a 2011 TED Fellowship, a 2011 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellowship, a 2011 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange Grant, and was selected as a Master Artist in the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ 2011 Apprenticeship program.
Prum currently lives in Long Beach where he teaches dance and choreographs his original work. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Southeast Asian Archives at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently Associate Artistic Director of the Khmer Arts Academy.