Martiality Not Fighting

SajakThor: A Solo, Symbolic Cambodian Apsara Dance

The renowned Apsara dancer and choreographer Belle Sodhachivy Chumvan performs by candlelight inside a traditional Khmer house—an incongruous place for an Apsara dance, where Chumvan depicts a peacemaking goddess. She tells a story through delicate and vehement movements, recalling moments of conflict of Cambodia during the Vietnamese occupation that she herself had witnessed in her childhood. Her intimate performance leads us from an individual experience to a collective memory of a national conflict.


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