Celebration of the Gods
by Denise Heywood
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.
Number of Pages
• Richly illustrated throughout
• Lavish costumes in full detail
• The stories behind the dances
• The role of the French introducing
• Plight of dancers during
• The revival of Cambodian Dance
• Stories of dancers who survived
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