A wartime twist of fate made Paul Cravath one of the only Westerners in history to gain full access to the formerly sequestered troupe of the Royal Cambodian Ballet.
Western studies of Cambodian dance were based on very few viewings. Cravath’s 1985 doctoral dissertation, Earth in Flower, blew the field open. Earth in Flower book review by Theater Research International
Despite the war and death raging around him, he was able to spend months documenting and preserving the history of this artform, and has now published his research about Cambodian dance drama in the book, “Earth in Flower.”