Here's an opportunity to take an introductory Monkey Dance lesson from expert teacher Samnang Hor. See what it's like to be in an actual class!
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The Monkey Dance is a Khmerthat is an excerpt from a famous Cambodian legend called the Reamker. Monkeys fight evil and are army soldiers in Cambodian legend. In this dance, the soldiers are celebrating a big win.
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The Khmer Monkey Dance is one of the many Khmer dances taught by Master Teachers at the Angkor Dance Troupe. Check out our currentto see how you can participate in one of our activities.
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The Swva (monkey) Pol (warrior) dance is an excerpt from a famous Cambodian legend called the Reamker (Ree-um-Kay), which is a long story that would take many days to tell. Many Cambodian classical dances come from this tale. In Cambodian legend, monkeys always fight evil; in fact they are army soldiers. In this dance, the soldiers are celebrating a big win. They are gathering food for a feast. The monkey dance is lively and acrobatic, always performed by young boys, who capture the spirit and quick mannerisms of monkeys.
Following the original dance, the Troupe features choreography with elements of modern dance. But, if you watch carefully, you will see the dancers remain, throughout, Swva Pol, the monkeys. By juxtaposing the two, you can see how the new emerges from the old, and how the two can exist dynamically side-by-side.
The beauty and exquisite appearance of each dancer in the Monkey Dance is preceded by an elaborate preparation time where each dancer prepares not only physically but mentally for the role they will perform. Take a sneak peak backstage to view how master teachers prepare performers to dance the Monkey Dance.
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