Self described “Artventurier” Bob Passion brings to KRWF not mearly his pointed shoes … word under all latitudes… but a distinctly unique punk rock attitude to community arts and more than a dozen years experience as a Cambodian arts producer. Bob joins this year’s festival to design and art direct our puppet parade working alongside local students.
Once upon a time – a Frenchman in London, a photo assistant, during the hey day of punk, working with Générik Vapeur, Agence Tartar and attached to major street theatre companies touring (with his trademark pointy boots) all around the world from 1984 to 1995.
Later Bob can be spotted touring with bands like the OAISTAR, Massilia Sound System, and as tour manager for Alamas Givrés.
Still wearing his pointy boots Bob then spends six years at sea as captain on his own sailing boat “Pankwata” navigating the high seas of the Carribean and South America, landing occasionally for landing experimental art stunts including “Casa di Nocca” “Créole Cajun” in Salvador do Bahia ( brasil), “Hotel Caracas” in Curaçao, “One Cool Summer” Aruba, “Centre Accrobatique Keita Fodeba” in Guinea Conakry. Returning only to France to take on the role as Programmer and General Manager of “Balthazar” a now legendary concert place in Marseille (2000/2004).
Living in Cambodia Since 2004, Bob has been central to the contemporary arts revival with the circus school Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang (creation of the awareness theater team, presenting awareness campaigns through touring theatre shows around the country). Bob founded and directed a multi-discipline Art-School in Sihanoukville for the NGO Mlop’Tapang through which he creates the annual Khmarnaval, big street parades and concerts (director for a remarkable 13 festivals).
His photo camera on the shoulder and his pen between the teeth, Bob has published numerous articles in French and English magazines (ID, Actuel, NewLook, Vé…) as well as songs, roadbooks and 2 novels…
Well known as the guitarist and frontman of Cambodia’s The Shkoots… don’t miss Bob’s last hurrah ‘live in Cambodia’ at Angkor Pop: Night of the Iguana – an homage to Iggy Pop, Saturday, November 4 at The Pond.