From a release:
The Legend of Apsara Mera
May 2—May 4, 2013
+ Post-Show Artist Talk on Fri, May 3 & Master Class May 4
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 1hr 20min
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Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season
BAM and Season of Cambodia present
The Legend of Apsara Mera
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia
Choreographed by HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS NORODOM BUPPHA DEVI
In collaboration with Proeung Chhieng and Soth Somaly
*Season of Cambodia is an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY - For a thousand years, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia danced only for the gods. Resurrected spectacularly in the wake of the Khmer Rouge into a closely guarded yet flourishing modern form, the Royal Ballet comes to BAM with the breathtaking Legend of Apsara Mera, featured as a centerpiece of the citywide Season of Cambodia festival.
With movement constructed by Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, a former prima ballerina in the Khmer tradition, Apsara Mera conjures the sanctified realm of two origin stories integral to Khmer culture: “Churning of the Sea of Milk” and “The Legend of Kambu and Mera.” Sumptuous movement, finely wrought costumes, and chanting evoke the comings and goings of celestial serpents and nymphs in this powerful offering from Southeast Asia, infused with divine ambrosia and modern expression alike.
Post-Show Artist Talk
with The Royal Ballet of Cambodia, moderated by Jennifer Homans
Fri, May 3, 2013
This artist talk takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.
Master Class: The Royal Ballet of Cambodia
Sat, May 4, 2013
In conjunction with The Legend of Apsara Mera
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Participants discover the Cambodian classical court dance known as robam boran. Offering insight into the rich history of this timeless training, the workshop teaches basic moves and gestures, as well as a brief routine. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi oversees the class with assistance from several of her senior dancers. Reservation required.
Royal Ballet of Cambodia
In 2004, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia was proclaimed by UNESCO a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” a designation Her Royal Highness Norodom Buppha Devi campaigned to secure. It was also the result of the efforts of Cambodia’s royal family to recover, document, and celebrate Cambodia’s artistic traditions in the post-Khmer Rouge period. The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is renowned for its interpretation of the centuries-old form of Cambodian classical dance, which was developed in the royal court; historically all roles, regardless of gender, have generally been danced by women.