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Scene & Heard: A dance film benefit and a Colburn School fundraiser [Updated]

April 17, 2010 | 10:00 pm
SAR After seeing Sokvannara Sar dance in Cambodia 10 years ago, arts patron Anne Bass was so impressed by his talent that she invited him to New York to study ballet. She now has chronicled Sar’s journey through the world of ballet In her film, “Dancing Across Borders,” taking viewers from his village in Cambodia to the stages of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced until recently.

Bass screened the film Tuesday in Beverly Hills as a benefit for the Center Dance Arts, a support group for “Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.”

The film will screen until April 22 at the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles and the Edwards Westpark 8 in Irvine.

Also on Tuesday, the Colburn School held its annual spring benefit, which featured a concert by students from the school’s Conservatory of Music, the School of Performing Arts and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute. A gala dinner then honored former county Supervisor Ed Edelman for his many contributions to the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.

Look for the full report here and in Scene & Heard in Sunday’s Image section.

-- Ellen Olivier


Movie review: 'Dancing Across Borders,' a Cambodian ballet

Photo: Sokvannara (Sy) Sar, center, mingles with members of Los Angeles Ballet at a screening of "Dancing Across Borders," about a boy's journey from his homeland in Cambodia to the United States. Credit: Alex J. Berliner / Berliner Photography / BEImages

[For the record: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the film would screen for one week at the Landmark Nuart and Edwards Westpark 8. It also said a Q&A for Bass and Sar would be held Friday and Saturday. That event has already taken place.]