The Cambodian Apsara Dance Workshop

5 - 9 September 2016
Seminar Room, Studio Theatre, Dance studios C6-38 and C5-16

As part of a series of lectures and activities that were rolled out over a period of 9 months prior to the exhibition Angkor Wat, ISEAA commissioned Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit organisation from Phnom Penh to conduct a dance workshop with 5 invited dance principals from Cambodia in September 2016. Over the course of 5 days, students learned about Cambodian dance heritage and were taught choreography of the community harvest dance, Ploy Souy, and the classical Apsara dance. This culminated in a short presentation by a select group of students alongside performances by the invited principals. Through the presentations, students were able to impart the spirit of Cambodian dance to the audience, who were captivated by the movement and gestures of these ancient dance traditions.


Principals from Cambodian Living Arts demonstrating the Apsara dance to students

Students presenting the outcome of their 5-day learning journey to their peers and staff of NAFA

One of the dance principals coaching a Theatre student the correct postures of a Apsara dancer.