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Blessing Dance
Robam Choun-Por
Welcome our respected and lovely guests with the Blessing Dance.

Blessing DanceThis dance is performed at the official opening ceremony offering wishes to the audience. It is the dance of greetings and good wishes that describe the name of this dance. In this classical piece the lyrics and gestures describe the wishes of happiness. Flower petals are tossed gently from small golden trays as a way of blessing the audience and the event.

Lyrics:

We join together in solidarity
All for the benefit of our nation for prosperity and glory
As family all over the world shiningly
The flowers Tossing Dance offers best wishes, prosperity
And happiness accordingly
All the time and everlastingly.

Performed by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe:
Erica Seu, Jocelyn Tran, Aliza Bunyi, Cheng Sim, Aimee Boun.

Fashion Show
Set One: Angkor Royal Court

We now travel back in time to the twelfth century and re-create the beauty and grandeur of the mystical world of ancient Cambodia. Savor the essence and glories of the distant past. The spirit of Angkor lives on…

Costume: Men and women of Angkor adorned themselves with heavily ornamented jewelry such as gold and precious gems. Saphires, Rubies, and Emerald were popular. The royal women wore long skirts made of imported silk from India embroidered with gold flowers. The skirts were designed and made of look like the beautiful flower (Phkar Chan), a four petal flower, which was widely used for worship and offerings. The skirts represent the closed petal or buds of Phkar Chan. The sash that falls from the waist are the vines and leaves. The headdresses are the flowers in full bloom. Phkar Chan symbolizes the female reproductive organ- the uterus, which represents fertility- a belief in the divine power of the feminine energy (Shakti) associated with the Brahmanism and the God Shiva.

Cast: Clothing from Banteay Srey, Khmer Wedding Boutique:
1) King Javavarman VII
2) Queen Indradevi
3) Queen Jayadevi
4) Queen Jambaly
5) 2 princesses
6) 2 Guards
7) 2 servants

Tep Apsara Dance
Robam Tep Apsara

This royal ballet was originally performed at the offering ceremonies and other palace celebrations during the Angkorian Era. In the 1950’s Cambodian Queen Sisowath Kossomak Nearyrath, King Sihanouk’s mother, was the inspiration behind the genesis of the Apsara dance. Based on the legendary battles and mythical sagas including the churning of the Sea of Milk, the great battle between gods and demons for the Holy Water came the beautiful Apsaras, half-woman half-goddess. They are heavenly dancers who keep happiness and prosperity for the people. The significance of this dance is the meaning behind every movement. Each gesture symbolizes something meaningful, such as love or peace. Arms crossed over the chest means very happy. The left arm stretches out behind while the right hand raises up at the chest with three fingers up and the index finger touching the thumb to depict the Naga, the great serpent that symbolizes the spirit of the Cambodian people.

The dance portrays Princess Mera, white Apsara, dancing in her garden. Her maidens, also Apsaras, who made flower garlands and flower sashes, join her. Their circular movements, poised motions, and lightness of their gestures, all symbolize their hovering between the heaven and earth.

Lyrics:

Today my heart is delighted
I see the flowers growing in the garden
I am making garlands of many kinds of flowers
These I lay down on the ground beside me
If you love flowers, I will make and give you garlands
I will begin to make a sash with the flowers
She threads the Tkol flowers to make pendants
For the garlands she also uses the Rumduol flowers.

Performed by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe:
Krystal Sim, Julia Daniels, Jennifer Tran, Jenny Vann, and Lily Ngar. .

Line of Angels Dance
Set One: Robam Neary-Chea-Chuor

This dance is a Khmer Classical dance describing the beauty of young ladies in their elegant costumes performing beautiful Khmer dance. This dance reminds the Khmer people of the rich culture that has been kept and nourished through generations, and it is a well known among the neighboring countries.

Performed by the Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe :
Elizabeth Mey, Cassandra Len, Soriya Sok, Vichhacka Leng, Tierra Voeun.

Godess of Rain & Thunder Dance
Robam Moni Mekala

This royal classical dance is a prayer dance. It is usually performed when praying for the Goddess of the rain to donate water to a nation in drought. Moni Mekala is known to be that Goddess of the rain. She uses her Crystal ball as a powerful weapon to defeat Ream-Ea-So, the giant, who has been trying to kill her for that weapon.
This dance depicts the story of three students, Moni Mekala, Ream-Ea-So and prince Vora-chhun, who received lessons from one teacher, Moni-Ey-Sey. The teacher had given each of them specialized weapons before their departure. Ream-Ea-So was a bad giant who seeks to steal the other’s weapons to be top in his class. He kills prince Vora-chhun for his Sword, and is trying to kill Moni Mekala for her Crystal ball.

Moni Mekala is not only beautiful, but is also powerful. She fights her battle bravely with Ream-Ea-So. While attempting to take possession of the Crystal ball from Moni Mekala, Ream-Ea-So throws his Arch in an attempt to kill her. To prevent this, she throws her Crystal ball up to make the thunder’s flame, blinding Ream-Ea-So and defeats him at the scene.
The dance illustrates the movements of the two characters fighting with each other to gain possession of the crystal ball.

Performed by Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe: Samnang Chang & Lakhena Howey.

Fashion Show
Set Two:

10 modern Khmer ensembles (Clothing from Darany Fashions, Davy, Dara)
10 Modern spring Dresses (QC designs in SF)

Flower of the World Dance
Robam Bopha-Lokei

This dance is one of the classical dances performed strictly by children. It was created to inspire young children to love Cambodian tradition. This dance cheerfully expresses the joy of children and their appreciation toward the flowers and nature of Earth.

Performed by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe:
Hoai Huong, Shawnica Meas, Rosevina Set, Veda Boun, Nyah Ea, and Kiana Dean Jimenez.

 

 

Pestle Dance
Robam Koah Ang-Rei

This folk dance represents the happy time of Cambodian peasants after the harvest season. It is a tradition that right after harvest time peasants typically celebrate to thank the heaven for giving them their crops. The celebration is also to have fun after the hard work. Wood pestles are used to manually extract rice. For this dance, two long wood pestles are clapped together as the dance instruments. They first begin with the folk song describing the happiness of being born as Cambodian peasants.

Performed by the Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe:
Johnny Carson, Gena Nguyen, Peng Sreng Taing, Jennifer Ken, Chantha Koeng, Laura Sieng, Patrick Thipkatok, Molly Sath, Socheat Prum, Anthony Sin, Ravy Mey, Jeremy Hong Peav, Jasmin Loung, Jessica Prum, Alison Saelee, Pamela Thipkatok, and Jamie So.

Coconut Shells Dance
Robam Koah Trah Lauk

This is a Folk dance which was originated in the Svay Rieng province (south-east region of Cambodia). This dance demonstrates the richness of the coconut plants in Cambodia and how it contributes to human life. It is often performed during a wedding procession, engagement ceremony and other national Festivities. Well-polished coconut shells are used as musical instruments by dancers, bringing live animation and flirtatious move to enhance the festivity. This dance also represents the wealth and health in the new relationship.

Performed by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe:
Lily Nga, Erica Seu, Joycelyn Tran, Jennifer Tran, Aliza Bunyi, Shawndina Meas, Samnang Chang, Chheng Sim, Jenny Vann, Aimee Boun, Lakhena Howey, Krystal Sim, and Julia Daniels.