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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|Commitee:||Quintiliani, Karen, Wilson, Robert S.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Dance, South Asian Studies, Film studies|
|Keywords:||Cambodia, Classical dance, Khmer, Ok, Prumsodun, Queer theory|
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