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From the heart of Brahma: Preserving, innovating and queering Cambodian classical dance
by Douglas, Robert F., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 76; 1601309
Abstract (Summary)

This project paper is part of a compendium, which includes the ethnographic film, From the Heart of Brahma. From the Heart of Brahma depicts the life of Prumsodun Ok (Prum), a Cambodian Classical Dancer, teacher and community leader focused on reviving and revitalizing a thousand year old art form nearly lost to genocide. Prum's work as associate artistic director at Khmer Arts Academy focuses on preserving the traditional art form, while his personal avant-garde work combines traditional Cambodian dance with queer influences in an attempt to question the role of modernity and the absence of same sex love in heteronormative mythology. While Prum's work is embraced by many young Cambodian artists that look to art as a tool for social change, traditionalists fear it threatens the fabric of Cambodian identity. This paper provides further context to discussions about the past, present and future of Cambodian Classical Dance by three generations of dancers in the United States and Cambodia.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rousso-Schindler, Steven
Commitee: Quintiliani, Karen, Wilson, Robert S.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, South Asian Studies, Film studies, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Cambodia, Classical dance, Khmer, Ok, Prumsodun, Queer theory
Publication Number: 1601309
ISBN: 978-1-339-12366-0
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