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Cambodian Dance Drama: Buddha Overcomes All Obstacles

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Meyer Auditorium

Freer Gallery of Art

Independence Avenue at 12th St, SW

Washington, DC 20560

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Tickets are $6 in advance (reserved seats). Remaining seats are free on the day of the concert beginning at 6:30 pm.

Don’t miss this dramatic retelling of the Buddha’s determined search for enlightenment, featuring classical Cambodian music, dance, and costumes. The play follows the Historical Buddha as he encounters the world outside his family’s palace, renounces secular luxuries, and resists temptations from an army of demons. Long performed in the Khmer court tradition, this dance-drama has not been seen on stage since the 1960s.

It is carefully re-staged here by a a team of master musicians and dancers with roots at Cambodia’s Royal University of Fine Arts and the Royal Dance Troupe of Cambodia plus winners of major awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. They will come to Washington from across the U.S. for this production, which is coordinated by Cambodian American Heritage, a 38-year old Washington-area organization dedicated to preserving Khmer dance, music, and culture.

The lead artists are Chum Ngek, Sam-Ouen Tes, Chan Moly Sam, Sinath Phul, Devi Yim, Masady Mani, Saroeum Tes, Kimhan Meas, Soboun Nol, Soboun Nol, and Bora Keo. The performance is presented in conjunction with Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia and in partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Religion in America Initiative of the National Museum of American History, with support from the Lilly Endowment. This project also received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

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