From Ritual Form to Tourist Attraction: Negotiating the Transformation of Classical Cambodian Dance in a Changing World
By Celia Tuchman-Rosta
Asian Theatre Journal, Volume 31, Number 2, Fall 2014, pp. 524-544
Published by University of Hawai’i Press
This article explores how classical Cambodian dance, historically a ritualistic performing art form, adapts to changing environments while maintaining social relevance. Focusing on the dinner-dance show phenomenon from 2011-2012, I investigate negotiations that were taking place between the preservation and development of the arts in Siem Reap. The article provides three case studies that frame artists experiences of the time period. The data included in this article is based on dissertation fieldwork generously supported by the Center for Khmer Studies and the Fulbright Program of the Institute of International Education.
A tourist captures an iconic photo of Apsara dancing at Koulen Restaurant (31 March 2012).