Apsara Dance

Apsara Dance

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Apsara Dance, or Robam Tep Apsara (Khmer: is a Khmer Classical Dance which forms an integral part of the culture of Cambodia, as well as neighboring countries such as Thailand and Laos. In its modern form, the dance is heavily influenced by the depiction of dancing apsaras at the Angkor Wat temple complex. The apsara, a woodland spirit, is played by a woman, sewn into tight-fitting traditional dress, whose graceful, sinuous gestures are codified to narrate classical myths or religious stories. The tradition of dance, honed for over a millennium, was almost lost in the Cambodian genocide, when the Khmer Rouge targeted those involved in the dance and "imposed a massive cultural forgetting." In 2003, UNESCO declared the dance a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Culture," and laid plans for a regeneration of the art form.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 222g
  • Bellum Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136525119
  • 9786136525112