CAMBODIAN TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Perform everyday from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
1. Blessing Dance:
Traditionally, this dance is performed to give blessing to their audience.The performers dance and sing blessing song to wishes to all guests here this evening, may the flowers tossed by our dancers bring you all ever-lasting happiness and prosperity.
2. Praying Mantis Dance
This is a traditional folk dance from Svay Reang Province. The gesture of this dance largely imitate the praying mantis and costumes are the color of the insect. Coconut shells are used during the performance, with pairs of empty shells tied to dancers’ hands and elbows.
3. The Sovann Machha Dance
Sovann Maccha is a short scene of a classical ballet which extracted from the Cambodian Reamke (Ramayana).It is an episode of King Ram’s mobilizing force to set up a rock dam to liberate his wife. The mobilizing force was under the command of Hanuman, the chief of the monkey forces. In this scene, the Golden fish, Sovann Machha tries to destroy the bridge. While Hanuman realizes that his bridge is being taken a part, he find himself falling in love with Sovann Maccha.
4. The Fishing Dance
Cambodian fishermen did their fishing by using tools like: Chneangs, carried by the female dancers and Aung Rots, carried by the male dancers. Chneangs are used to catch smaller fishs, wherelse the Aung Rots are for the larger fishs. To remind us of the traditional way of fishing the people who lived near Tonle Sap Lake created this dance.
5. The Apsara Dance
In Khmer mythology, all Apsara were born from the foam surface of the ocean milk when Tevoda (heavenly beings) and Assura (demons) churned the ocean milk in search for Toeuk Amrett (the elixir of immortality). The Apsaras, half woman, half goddess are heavenly dancers. Their floating between earth and outer space is expressed by their circular slow, elegant movements, and the extreme flexibility of their actions.
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