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Cambodian Dance
Celebration of the Gods
by Denise Heywood

Foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk

In Cambodia, classical dance is the quintessence of the country's identity. An art form that was religious in origin, its traditions date back more than a thousand years to the great Khmer empire.  Dancers performed in the temples at Angkor and were the living embodiment of the celestial dancers carved on the temple walls.

A history of Cambodian dance, the relationship with the dance of Siam, the role of the French introducing the dancers to the West, the Reamker epic from which many of the dances are drawn, and the stories of the dancers who survived the dark period of the Pol Pot regime to revive classical dance today, are all related in this fascinating and beautiful book.


Book Information

250 x 320 mm

Number of Pages
192 Pages

300 illustrations, most in colour



978 974 9863 40 4

Published 2009


Full history of Cambodian Dance

• Richly illustrated throughout

• Lavish costumes in full detail

• The stories behind the dances

• The role of the French introducing
    the dances to the West, including
    Rodin’s drawings

• Plight of dancers during
    Cambodia’s recent history

• The revival of Cambodian Dance

• Stories of dancers who survived
    the Pol Pot regime.

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