In a tale that traces royal love, divine wisdom, treachery and betrayal, “Angkor – The Untold Story” depicts the passion of a woman so pure that the temple she helped build nearly a millennium ago still stands as a testament to her passion. In this production by the Apsaras Arts dance troupe of Singapore, Indian apsaras reveal the untold story of Angkor Wat in a spectacular performance that is a breathtaking homage to the art and heritage of Cambodia and India. The November 2013 Indian Festival of Esplanade showcases their presentation as its opening performance.
In Paris, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs an extraordinary Hindu legend of creation featuring Amrita, the nectar of immortality.
India and Cambodia shared visions of their past and future in this historic Angkor visit of Indian President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
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
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…
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.”
After Paul Cravath’s research on the Royal Cambodian Ballet was cut short, following intensive bombing in Cambodia in 1975, his dissertation languished until completion in 1984. Royal Cambodian Dance Presentation by Chatfield Author Paul Cravath
Published in May 2008, Earth in Flower: The Divine Mystery of the Cambodian Dance Drama has received two literary awards. Paul Cravath preserves royal Khmer dance tradition in “Earth in Flower”. Luther College scholar Paul Cravath preserves Cambodian dance history