Dancing Across Borders: Tale of Cambodian Artist

Dancing Across Borders is the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara “Sy” Sar, who as a young man in Cambodia was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform.

Bass was so taken with Sy’s talent and potential that she arranged for him to come to New York and audition for the prestigious School of American Ballet.

What unfolds in DANCING ACROSS BORDERS is a tentative negotiation between Sy and the world of American ballet and culture. From the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the high-powered rehearsal studios of New York, and finally to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, the film follows Sy’s unusual development as a dancer and offers an astonishing, behind-the-scenes look into the world of American ballet.
DANCING ACROSS BORDERS is an extraordinary story of growth, adaptation, and belonging – and a window into the development of talent at the highest level and the mastery of an art form.
First Run Features released DANCING ACROSS BORDERS theatrically in 30 cities on March 26, 2010.
Running Time:  88 minutes
Bonus Materials include:
Recent performance footage of Sokvannara Sar
Pacific Northwest Ballet
 Selected performances from the film
 Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux
Square Dance
La Sylphide
La Sonnambula
On the Other Side