pnb: sar moves on

Sokvannara Sar (photo by Angela
Sterling, courtesy of PNB)

By Rosie Gaynor

It’s true. Sar is gone. The absence of his headshot in PNB’s “Sleeping Beauty” program was no graphic designer error, as I’d hoped. I had confirmation this afternoon from PNB’s PR Manager that Sar has resigned from the company. Our loss!

The word is that he is going to be in a feature film. If I hear more, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, the comments section is open if you want to share your favorite things about this energetic dancer.

Thanks to “Anonymous” for letting SeattleDances know Sar had been left out of the program. Sad as it is to lose him from the Seattle dance scene, it would have been sadder still to let him go without comment!

One comment

  1. Thank you, Rosie, for digging in for this information and sharing it. I first saw Sy Sar a couple of years ago or so at PNB in a peasant-style dance that featured oranges being tossed up and caught on knife-tip. I saw a male dancer make a deep, deft swoop and catch the orange, smiling widely and radiating the joy of it all. I watched him throughout the rest of the performance and was struck by his vitality and expressiveness. I looked him up in the printed program and saw he was from Cambodia. Cambodia? Is there ballet training in Cambodia? “I’ll bet there’s a story here,” I thought to myself, “and I hope I’ll find out more sometime.” Several months later, I saw the film “Dancing Across Borders” and was very moved by Sy’s story. I looked for him each time I attended PNB and hoped to watch him perform here for many years to come. Now I can only hope that whatever has prompted this change will bring Sy as much delight, vibrancy, and reward as he offered to all of us. I will continue to watch for him!

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