HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi in conversation with Peter Sellars: with rare dance footage from Cambodia, 2013-04-30
NamesNew York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)Norodom Buppha Devi Cambodian princess (Interviewee)Sellars, Peter (Interviewer)Rithisal Kang (Translator)Chap Chamroeuntola (Dancer)Chen Chansoda (Dancer)Chamroeun Samphors (Dancer)Soeur Thavarak (Dancer)Davis, Jacqueline Z. (Jacqueline Zurat), 1946- (Speaker)Schmidt, Jan, 1948- (Speaker)Bernadi, François (Videographer)Ballet royal (Cambodia) (Performer)New York Public Library. Dance Division (Presenter)
Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation
Dates / OriginDate Created: 2013-04-30
Table of ContentsIntroductory remarks (7 min.) -- The Royal Ballet of Cambodia: dance instruction boys and girls excerpt, U.S. National Archives ca. 1960; Director, Hang Thun Hak; Artistic director, Y Seng An (2 min.) -- Classical Khmer Ballet APSARAS DANCE excerpt (2 min.) -- KHMER DANCE PROJECT Enao Bosseba excerpt (1 min.) -- KHMER DANCE PROJECT Sovannahong excerpt (2 min.) -- The Royal Ballet of Cambodia: solo dance by HRH Norodom Buppha Devi excerpt, U.S. National Archives ca. 1960; Director, Hang thun Hak; Artistic director, Y Seng An (2 min.) -- Interview with HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi (26 min.) -- Dance demonstration with members of Royal Ballet of Cambodia (8 min.) -- Continuation of interview (10 min.)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1326
TopicsBallet royal (Cambodia)Dance -- CambodiaDancersChoreographersBallet -- CambodiaDance -- Study and teaching
GenresInterviewsFilmed interviewsFilmed performancesFilmed dance
NotesStatement of responsibility: Presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Jerome Robbins Dance Division with Season of Cambodia and Brooklyn Academy of Music.Content: Full length versions of video excerpts of materials held by the Library for the Performing Arts are available to view online. Classical Khmer Ballet APSARAS DANCE, part of *MGZIDVD 5-7845 (can only view on site at the Library for the Performing Arts). KHMER DANCE PROJECT Enao Bosseba, *MGZIDF 1256. KHMER DANCE PROJECT Sovannahong, *MGZIDF 1261.Performers: Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, interviewee ; Peter Sellars, interviewer ; Rithisal Kang, interpreter ; Chap Chamroeuntola, Chen Chansoda, Chamroeun Samphors, Soeur Thavarak, dancers.Performers: Jacqueline Z. Davis (The Barbara G. and Lawrence A. Fleischman Executive Director of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts), Jan Schmidt (Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division), introductory speakers.Venue: Recorded 30 April 2013 Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York City.Funding: The Khmer Dance Project was initiated by the Center for Khmer Studies in partnership with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library, with a grant from the Anne Hendricks Bass Foundation.Funding: The recording of this event was made possible by the Khmer Dance ProjectLanguage: Introductions done in English. Interviewee speaks Khmer with English interpreter. Interviewer speaks English.
Physical DescriptionBorn digitalExtent: 1 video file (60 min) : sound, color with some black and white
DescriptionAfter introductory remarks, the program begins with a series of video excerpts from the U.S. National Archives and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Jerome Robbins Dance Divisions collections. Following the videos, HRH Norodom Buppha Devi is interviewed by Peter Sellars through her interpreter Rithisal Kang. She discusses the Cambodian Royal family's long-standing involvement and patronage of Khmer ballet as well as her own involvement, starting as a child training as a dancer at the age of 5. She also discusses the Apsara dance, created in 1962 for her by her grandmother, as well as her other family members' involvement in Khmer ballet. She is asked about her grandmother's role in the transformation of Cambodian classical dance in the 1940s and 1950s and efforts to preserve the Cambodian dance heritage. At 42 min., there is a dance demonstration by members of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19958068Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a3226790-352b-0131-ce9e-3c075448cc4b
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