Khmer Classical Dance

The Long, Slow Dance of the Khmer Apsara

An interesting short essay about the survival of dance in post-Pol Pot Cambodia . . .

The dawn of the Khmer Rogue marked the darkest episode in the history of classical dance. The Khmer Rogue sought to exterminate all dancers and artists. Nine in 10 classical dancers died; they took to the grave hundreds of moves and choreographies. The dance virtually disappeared.

After the downfall of the Khmer Rogue, the first efforts to resurrect dance took place in the refugee camps along the Thai border, where communities of dancers organically mushroomed. These refugees were the first ones to begin the seemingly impossible task of reforming the almost obliterated art. They worked hard to remember the lost moves and choreographies, and, little by little, the dance was infused with life again.

Read the full article at TheAdvisorCambodia.com.