All the way from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodian, 23 dancers and 7 musicians will arrive in the US, on the 16th September 2013, to begin their six week tour from Boston to New York, to Washington and Los Angeles during the Buddhist Holy Month of Remembrance.
Performing rare classical, folk and centuries-old sacred Khmer dances and music, this will be a unique opportunity for American audiences to experience the revival of an exquisite and beautiful tradition that was almost wiped out by the Khmer Rouge.
The dances are part of the sustainable rural development work undertaken by the charity Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia (NKFC), which set up the first rural performing arts school, “The Conservatoire NKFC Preah Ream Buppha Devi” catering exclusively for children from the communities within the heart of their cultural legacy.
After 6 years of intensive training and performances for the King, the dancers are ready to make their international debut. Their mission is Peace and connecting Cambodian-Americans to the Motherland, together with raising awareness of Cambodia’s distinctive cultural heritage.
The Sacred Dancers of Angkor is the only dance troupe able to perform ancient sacred rituals at the re-dedication of Cambodia’s oldest temples, from Angkor to Bayon to Preah Vihear and as far as Wat Phu in Laos.
Rayvnn Karet-Coxen, chair of NKFC, said, “like the divine Apsara women seen carved in stone on the Angkorian temples, these extraordinary young artists are dancing for peace and to honour their American hosts.”
Princess Buppha Devi, the Cambodian Royal Ballet’s former prima ballerina and patron of NKFC also said, “These children are inspired by the truth of who they are: children of Angkor. They were born to walk in the footsteps of our greatest ancestors.”