“Cambodian royal dances, the admirable artistic tradition and all the indigenous past they represent are seriously threatened due to the very evolution of Cambodia and Western progress.” These prophetic words could have been written at any time, but they were actually penned in 1928 by George Groslier, founder and director of the National Museum in Phnom Penh. See dozens of these rare photos, recently revealed by the National Museum of Cambodia.
At Preah Vihear temple, a religious ceremony of rare intensity took place when 62 young girls danced a sacred ritual to pray for peace.
The National Museum of Cambodia hosted a special photo exhibit with dazzling images of Cambodian dance by Swedish photographer Anders Jiras.
Cambodian Princess Buppha Devi, royal embodiment of the royal dance tradition, is interviewed by author Lucretia Stewart in this article titled “Dance of the Gods.”
Cambodian Culture on WHYY TV looks at the artistic side of the Khmer: one of the world’s greatest artistic civilizations from Cambodia.
Graceful sacred dancers of Banteay Srey train at the NKFC school to perform purifying ritual dances to honor Khmer ancestors and traditions.
Angkor the Magnificent – Cambodia Daily Review. A Glimpse of a Bygone Era. Helen Churchill Candee’s Account of Southeast Asia Was Ahead of its Time
Earth in Flower book review in Asian Theater Journal. The book is a treasure trove. It includes more than 180 photographs, drawings, and paintings; listings of early and mid twentieth century Royal Palace performance programs
On seeing “Earth in Flower” Paul Cravath is thrilled, cover to cover. “I wrote it as my doctoral dissertation at the University of Hawaii…
With the global notoriety of the relatively recent Khmer Rouge atrocities, dance does not immediately spring to the fore in public images of Cambodia. Books examine ancient Khmer dance tradition in Cambodia