Royal Ballet of Cambodia - Three Exclusive Performances in Phnom Penh

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Royal Ballet of Cambodia - Three Exclusive Performances in Phnom Penh

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:43 pm

Captivating Royal Ballet debuts
Publication date 31 December 2018 | 14:54 ICT
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia will showcase its latest grand production Neang Watthana Devi for the first time in Cambodia in January, following performances in Switzerland and the UAE.

Created over the course of a year by Cambodian royal politician and Royal Ballet director Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, the production will launch with three performances on January 18 and 19 at Chaktomuk Theatre Hall in the capital.

The new production pays tribute to French artist Auguste Rodin, who first encountered the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in 1906 during their visit to Paris. Transfixed by the beauty of Khmer classical dancing, Rodin – considered the father of modern sculpture – created some of his most famous and revered drawings after inspiration from the dancers.

Historically, the Cambodian Royal Ballet exclusively performed for sacred rituals and only in recent decades has it opened its performances to the general public.

Neang Watthana Devi’s choreography coach Proueng Chhieng said that this precious art form needed more exposure to the public.

“We’ve lacked performances for the general public. As a result Cambodian people, especially the young generation, don’t show much interest in the art,” he said.

In Phnom Penh, the mid-January shows are the only opportunity for the public to witness the grace and beauty of the show in person. To watch this captivating classic Cambodian art form, tickets can be purchased via Last2Ticket and at the French Institute of Cambodia.
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Re: Royal Ballet of Cambodia - Three Exclusive Performances in Phom Penh

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:50 pm

More for those interested in the Cambodian Royal Ballet:
MY PHNOM PENH: Em Theay, Dancer
Vandy Muong | Publication date 16 December 2016 | 09:39 ICT
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Em Theay Dancer Em Theay is a classically trained dancer who spent many years with the Cambodian Royal Ballet, which marks its 100th anniversary next week. Theay grew up in the Royal Palace under the reign of King Norodom Sihanouk, and at 85 years old is the only surviving dancer from the era. This week, she spoke with Vandy Muong about the places and things in Phnom Penh that remain important to her...
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