Saturday, November 19, 2011

Classical offering

Linda Hem strikes a pose before the performance begins
You've got to hand it to them, they've been on a frantic whistle-stop tour of Cambodia over the past week but Dengue Fever still can't get enough of their Khmer culture fix. Senon Williams and David Ralicke were out this afternoon at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center on Russian Boulevard to soak up the traditional offerings from both Cambodian and Japanese dancers as part of a cultural exchange between the two countries. Five classical dancers from the Royal Ballet, including Linda Hem, in full costume, represented the ultra classic Apsara dance, whilst other Royal University of Fine Arts students displayed their folk credentials with the Ploy Suoy and Lakhaon Khaol dances, alongside a full orchestra. They followed on in front of a packed auditorium after a series of traditional Okinawan court dances from Japan. The audience lapped it up and so did the Dengue Fever boys. Also at the event was the doyenne of classical dancers, Sam Sathya, who excitedly told me about her imminent departure to Europe for two months with three other dancers including Belle, to perform a contemporary opera piece by Peter Sellars in Madrid under the title of Persephone. It sounds fantastic that some of Cambodia's finest will be in such exalted company.
The Apsara Dance, performed at the CJCC this afternoon
Linda on stage at the CJCC
The five Apsara dancers getting ready to begin their performance
Linda in profile during the 20 minute show
The dancers in perfect unison
"Of course it's not my real hair, silly man," declares Linda
The show is over and the heavy headdress can finally come off
Linda in the CJCC courtyard before the show begins

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is White Apsara? She is very beautiful.

November 19, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Apsara

November 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I think so... Beautiful lady

November 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

The white skirted Apsara dancer is Ms Tola Chap.

November 21, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks so lovely. I wonder how to know her!

November 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Peter Sellars you say? Is it meant to be opera or comedy?

November 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

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