Classical Cambodian dance (also known as court dance) is Cambodia’s most precious art form. More than 1000 years ago classical dance was established as a bridge between the gods and the kings – the spiritual and the natural world.
Why is dance important in Cambodia?
People in Cambodia use dance to show the divine power, celebrate the social events, and create laughter in daily life. Cambodian dance can be divided into three different categories: Khmer Classical Dance, Folk Dance, and Vernacular Dance.
What is signified by Cambodian court dance?
The classical court dance of Cambodia has embodied the essence of the country’s national identity for over a thousand years. The royal court employed thousands of dancers who played central role in the fertility rites and worship, dance and dancers were integral to the social and religious fabric of Cambodia.
Is Cambodian dance taught today?
Dance masters from the Thai court are known to have trained the Cambodian Royal ballet even during the period of Rama I (1782–1809), and the co-operation of the Cambodian and Thailand’s National dance companies still continues today.
How do Cambodian dancers train their hands?
They must train their fingers by holding the position for longer and longer, sometimes even hours, which is why Khmer dancing is so unique, and such a privilege to see.
What is the goal of Apsara dance?
According to Hindu mythology, Apsaras were beautiful female creatures that descended from heaven to entertain Gods and Kings with their dance. As the Apsara dance is extremely complex, Cambodian children (particularly girls) are trained from a very young age to get enough flexibility to execute intricate movements.