Beyond the Apsara: Celebrating Dance in Cambodia (Hardback) book cover

Beyond the Apsara

Celebrating Dance in Cambodia

Edited by Stephanie Burridge, Fred Frumberg

© 2010 – Routledge India

242 pages

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Paperback: 9781138662629
pub: 2016-01-21
Hardback: 9780415564458
pub: 2009-11-12

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This book celebrates and documents the resurgence of dance in Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge and the infamous Pol Pot regime. It honours the remarkable commitment of the few remaining masters of the art of dance who are reviving and preserving the famous classical dances, as well as the courage and resolution of young artists who are imaginatively pursuing their passion to forge new paths in contemporary dance. n 2003, Cambodian classical dance was awarded world heritage status by UNESCO – this confirmed the importance, and perhaps the burden, of the task of preservation. This volume includes contributions from the royal family, eminent writers and commentators and the dancers themselves.

Monuments and reminders of the Killing Fields abound in the city of Phnom Penh. Nearly 2 million Cambodians, including many artists, perished during the killings or died of starvation and disease during the Khmer Rouge years. Today, the dancers, both young and old, move towards the future while respecting and honouring the past. This volume documents their journey.

About the Editors

Stephanie Burridge has lectured at LASALLE College of the Arts, and Singapore Management University, and is a dance critic, author and editor of numerous publications.

Fred Frumberg is Director, Amrita Performing Arts, a non-profit organisation based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

About the Series

Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies