Thursday, October 17, 2013

In touch with Khmer Culture

A scene from Children of Bassac
The Plae Pakaa performances have started again at the National Museum in Phnom Penh this week - 6 nights per week excluding Sundays -  and tonight was the first opportunity I had of seeing the young performers from Cambodian Living Arts in action. It was the Children of Bassac show which combines classical and folk dance, some comedic moments and lots of activity and music packed into a very entertaining hour-long show. Sophea, the singer from Krom, was one of the stars of the show. The season, which coincides with the tourist high season, will put on three different types of shows using the following format: Children of Bassac on Mon & Thur; Yike on Tue and Fri; and Passage of Life Theater on Wed & Sat. Sunday is free day. Tickets are $15 for foreign visitors, cheaper for Khmers. I highly recommend it as a way to get in touch with Khmer culture.

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