In Febraury 2011, Cambodia held its first ever TEDx in Phnom Penh.
As Manager of Tiny Toones I was asked to present. Of course I wanted Tiny Toones founder ‘KK’ to speak with me but I knew he would certainly say “no.” KK is a humble and shy man. I did however manage to convince him to be recorded on video which we shot on my balcony over endless laughs (the offcuts could make a video on its own!).
Those that know me know I would never go anywhere without ‘my kids’ – the beloved staff and students of this hip hop centre for street kids – Tiny Toones. When asked to perform, my first question was, “Can I bring my kids up on stage?” which was initially met with silence. After explaining who they were and that they were not little children but teens and older… I was given permission.
Above is the TEDx presentation we did. ‘Dance Your Life Around.’
The performance by ‘my kids’ was choreographed by them under the guidance of KK.
… and yes I did write a story about the lead up to Tedx: the fear, anxiety, excitement and the ultimate performance. Sections can be read in imprint 14: ‘A Perfect Statue’ or for those who can’t be bothered reading, you can watch it in the blog video from when I performed the written story at open-mic in Thailand.
Kha’s unbelievable solo.
Kha and Slick’s ‘dance fight’
And I couldn’t have done it without Shhort…