Following editions in Germany, France, India, Taiwan, Canada, Sweden and Korea, Le Musée (de théâtre) opened its doors in Phnom Penh from 25 to 28 May 2016 at the Institut Français as part of the Franco-German project “Culture and education, instruments of rapprochement”.

Hamlet-machine questions the communist dream and the fall of ideologies. Cambodia is a country particularly affected by these issues. This year’s edition featured some very committed portraits, but they could not say too much in a tense political context, in the run-up to the 2018 elections, when Prime Minister Hun Sen has been in office since 1998.


Concept: Clyde Chabot
Scenography: Annabel Vergne
Scenographic adaptation, Photography: Anne-Sophie Turion
Artistic collaborator: Roland Raymond
Actors (voice-over): Sopoï Ann and Socheata Sveng
Performer: Channita Ouk
Contemporary choreographer and performer: Sovitou Noun (Amrita Performing Arts)
Apsara dancers: Lim Sonalis, Chan Sory (Cambodian Living Arts)
Personalities invited to analyse the slide show of photographs taken in Phnom Penh: Phœung Kompheak (author, director, actor and translator), Sao Sopheak (documentary film-maker), Anne Guillou (researcher seconded to IRASEC)
Administration, Stage Management: Marie-Lorraine Lasalle
Trainee: Agathe Serio


Traditional Cambodian Apsara dancers from Cambodian Living Arts and a traditional and contemporary dancer, presented by Amrita Performing Arts, took over the installation space to create performances in collaboration with Clyde Chabot that explored the resonance of this play in Cambodia today.

On the last day of the installation, the photos taken in Phnom Penh were publicly video-projected and analysed by artists, thinkers and the public itself.