My wife is a dancer. Where-ever we travel the one thing I know will be on the agenda is an evening of traditional dance. She will hunt out performances and book tickets. I will sit through hours of performance as local musicians and troupes of dancers all in traditional costumes perform dances based on old rural tales, fairy stories or traditional stories. From the type of costumes and stories, I imagine a lot of these evolved out of performances aimed at the royal courts.
They usually involve demons, gods and hapless love.
Cambodian dance seems to have these colourful, pristine villagers performing everyday tasks – like harvesting rice. Not quite what I was seeing out in the fields.
Cambodian dance involves a lot of elaborate hand gestures. All very stylised.