Hailed by H.M. King Sihamoni of Cambodia as a “highly talented and spiritual” dance troupe, 30 extraordinary young artists are embarking on the Sacred Dancers of Angkor US Tour to perform rare classical, folk and sacred Khmer dance and music. Their mission is to bridge the Cambodian-Americans to their Motherland during the Holy Month of Remembrance of the Ancestors (Pchum Ben which starts on September 20) and to raise awareness about the Cambodian dance. The tour is endorsed and supported by King Norodom Sihamoni, the Cambodian Government and the UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh and is placed under the Auspices of Princess Norodom Boppha Devi.
In Paris, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs an extraordinary Hindu legend of creation featuring Amrita, the nectar of immortality.
Graceful sacred dancers of Banteay Srey train at the NKFC school to perform purifying ritual dances to honor Khmer ancestors and traditions.
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.
One rural school run by the NKFC Foundation near Siem Reap in the UNESCO Angkor Heritage Site has discovered psychological healing from Cambodian dance arts.
A Banteay Srey dance school started by Lady Coxen is transforming rough-edged girls from poor Siem Reap villages into disciplined performers of traditional sacred Khmer ceremonies.
As life after a fire is rebuilt, passion for Khmer culture is reborn. Davis’ first love affair with Southeast Asia and its culture began nearly two decades ago. A Love Affair With Cambodia for Angkor Wat Researcher Kent Davis
King Sihamoni received US Ambassador Carol Rodley, accepting her diplomatic papers and, as protocol dictates, conducting an official exchange of gifts between the two nations. Ambassador Rodley chose her American gifts quite carefully. US Ambassador Gifts Cambodian Dance and Angkor Books to King Sihamoni