Dance

The Legend of Apsara Mera

 
 
May 2—May 4, 2013
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 1hr 20min
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  Starts at $16
SINGLE TICKET PRICE:  Starts at $20
 
+  Post-Show Artist Talk on Fri, May 3
 
 
 
 
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BAM and Season of Cambodia* present
The Legend of Apsara Mera

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia
Choreographed by HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS NORODOM BUPPHA DEVI

*Season of Cambodia is an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts

For a thousand years, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia danced only for the gods. Resurrected spectacularly in the wake of the Khmer Rouge into a closely guarded yet flourishing modern form, the Royal Ballet comes to BAM with the breathtaking Legend of Apsara Mera, featured as a centerpiece of the citywide Season of Cambodia festival.

With movement constructed by Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, a former prima ballerina in the Khmer tradition, Apsara Mera conjures the sanctified realm of two origin stories integral to Khmer culture: “Churning of the Sea of Milk” and “The Legend of Kambu and Mera.” Sumptuous movement, finely wrought costumes, and chanting evoke the comings and goings of celestial serpents and nymphs in this powerful offering from Southeast Asia, infused with divine ambrosia and modern expression alike.

Leadership support provided by
The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Inc.

Additional support provided by
Anne H. Bass  

 
 
 
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with The Royal Ballet of Cambodia, moderated by Marina Harss

Fri, May 3

This artist talk takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.

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HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi performs in 1965
 
 
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