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“Dancing Myths: The Legend of Apsara Mara” (BAM Blog)
“Their legs are bent in a soft plié, fingers curled back from their palms like flower petals.”
"Auguste Rodin and the Royal Ballet of Cambodia"
“I contemplated them in ecstasy,” said the artist about the Cambodian ballet.
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|Auguste Rodin, Cambodian Dancer, 1906|
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“Dancing Well Is The Best Revenge” (The New York Times)
Cambodian dance gets its due during the citywide Season of Cambodia festival.
“How Dances Defied Death in Cambodia” (The New York Times)
90 percent of the dancers living in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime were killed. Today, dance thrives.
"Dance of the Gods: Interview with Cambodian Princess Buppha Devi" (Devata.org)
A rich profile of the face of Cambodian dance.
“A Stirring Monument to Immortality” (The Wall Street Journal)
Movements in The Legend of Apsara Mera were partly inspired by this spectacular bas-relief found inside a 12th-century Khmer temple.
“Preserving History: Cambodial Royal Ballet (YouTube)
Princess Buppha Devi is largely responsible for the healthy state of Cambodian dance, which has endured a millennium of cultural change.
A Ceremonial Dance by HRH Princess Buppha Devi (YouTube)
The choreographer of The Legend of Apsara Mera and member of the Cambodian royal family performs a dance to the spirits of former kings.
Season of Cambodia: A Living Arts Festival
Catch more Cambodian cultural offerings during this expansive festival.
National Geographic Megastructures: Angkor Wat (YouTube)
Rising high out of the Cambodian jungle, the five-towered temple Angkor Wat houses famous depictions of “Churning of the Sea of Milk” and other Khmer legends celebrated in The Legend of Apsara Mera.
This film, directed by a former Cambodian king and starring the choreographer of The Legend of Apsara Mera, was part of the postwar renaissance of Cambodian ballet. (Scroll to 17:00 for dancing!)
Sculptor Auguste Rodin, after seeing Cambodian dancers perform in the Bois du Boulogne in Paris:
The Cambodians have shown us everything that antiquity could have contained. It is impossible to think of anyone wearing human nature to such perfection; except them and the Greeks.”
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