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“Spectacular - Incredible and fantastic. Wonderful costumes and Dancing”

Cambodian Living Arts
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Cambodian Arts Traditional Dance Show in Phnom Penh
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience an unforgettable evening of authentic Cambodian culture at the Traditional Dance Show in Phnom Penh! Featuring a variety of folk and classical dances and more than 35 talented artists, our audiences are taken on a captivating journey from Angkorian palaces of old to the villages of today. Wonder at the abundance of unique sights and sounds presented on stage in the beautiful gardens of the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Dinner & Show packages also available. The Traditional Dance Show is a program of Cambodian Living Arts, a not for profit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector, inspiring new generations. All proceeds from the show go toward supporting emerging artists, learning and leadership programs and other arts projects through the work of Cambodian Living Arts. Show schedule: 7 PM Monday through Sunday (October to March) Monday through Saturday (June to August) Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday (April, May and September)
Reviewed March 15, 2012

In Phnom Penh for 3 nights. One of those nights fell on a Thursday. I had seen this on here and thought it would be worth a punt, the money goes to the kids and as the other reviewers have said $18 is expensive for Cambodia but it all goes back to the kids and it is ABSOLUTELY worth it.

The show is in 8 stages, each one telling a different story, all using traditional Khmer dancing.
There is a video that tells you about the Cambodian Living Arts (The charity/school) that has "rescued" these kids from the slums. My warning to you here - its heartbreaking.

However the Dancers, and dancing is phenomenal, leaving you with a smile on your face and song in your heart. The kids are all consummate professionals now and you could do far worse than give them 18 bucks for an hours entertainment.

If you are in Phnom Penh and have thursday nights from 7-8 free then GET TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM and see the Children of Bassac.

My only complaint - and its tiny is the scarf they sell outside after the show is not the same as the ones they use in Kroma the Scarf Dance. Its half the width and not suitable for all the things they tell you to use it for in the song.
I was gutted.

1  Thank Mike_Hindle
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Wonderful show, mixing traditional and countryside dances. Very moving. All about Beauty & Arts. A delightful moment.

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

The Children of Bassac is a performing arts group comprised of 24 dancers aged 16 -21 years of age, all of whom live in the Bassac community. The group was formed by Ieng Sithul in 2003 and they perform traditional and folk dances representing Khmer life. Their performances are held each Thursday evening from November through to April at the Phnom Penh National Museum which is a perfect setting for this show.
This is the second time my wife and I have seen this performance and we enjoyed it even more this year than we did last. It comprises of eight acts, each of which depicts an aspect of Khmer life or culture. The dancers and musicians perform to a very high standard indeed and they are clearly enjoying themselves in doing so. This is a wonderfully evocative and colourful spectacle and I would recommend that anyone who is spending a few days in Phnom Penh should make a point of seeing it.
The Children of Bassac joined with Cambodian Living Arts in 2005 and it is the aim of the latter organisation to provide the Children with growing audiences so as to help them to make a living from their art.
At the end of the performance there is a brief video film shown featuring some of the dancers who tell their own stories. This is quite moving and demonstrates well how worthwhile it is to support these young people.

2  Thank KenLittleHaven
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

While spening 3 days in Phnom Penh (2.-4.March 2012) this show was our personal highlight!
The dance group showing traditional Apsara-dances seemed very professional and well-coordinated.
The setting in front of the National Museum is amazing.
It's great to see that the cultural heritage of Cambodia is very much alive.

Thank Clumsy1981
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Whenever I have friends visiting from overseas I encourage them to go to this show. There are few opportunities to see traditional dance (folk or classical) in Phnom Penh. Furthermore the quality of the show and the setting are extraordinary. Though it might be considered quite expensive proceeds go towards Cambodian Living Arts and the students they support. The show is an hour long and encompasses a range of different types of classical and folk dances...

Thank Horatio2012
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