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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An enchanting & elegant Cambodian cultural experience! Earth & Sky takes you on a magical journey through Cambodian mythology, rural traditions & village life. The performance showcases Classical dance - intricate & elegant pieces from the former Royal courts of Cambodia, including the iconic Apsara & the ritual dance Moni Mekhala; as well as folk dance – more upbeat, relaxed pieces inspired by daily life. Featuring up to 30 talented artists, wonder at the sights & sounds presented on stage in the grounds of the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. This show is part of Experience Cambodian Living Arts, a cultural enterprise providing captivating & enriching experiences of Cambodian arts, & also creates uplifting employment for artists. Cambodian Living Arts is an organization that has been working for 20 years to support the arts sector, & to give artists and others in the cultural sector the resources, training & support they need to write the stories of contemporary Cambodia.
Reviewed December 29, 2012

...when you are in Phnom Penh!
It's a really nice show performed by very motivated people and worth every cent of the 10$ you pay for it.
Better miss S-21 or the killing fields. That is past.
This performance is cultural history, performed in the presence and a very positive mental souvenir from this city.

Thank BavariaFred159
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We saw the YIKE OPERA: MAK THERNG along with our two young children and found it to be thoroughly entertaining.

The acting was of a very good standard, the costumes were colourful and the hour long show was very entertaining and easy to follow with the provided subtitles. It doesn't pretend to be a London stage show, so I think the earlier comment that you get more for $10 in a Western city is a bit harsh...plus you get to watch a show outside, something I can't say we could do when in the UK this past summer lol.

Great to see people being able to follow their passion and make a living out of it.

Thank ChChCouple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I caught the Monday show (Children of Bassac) and while it certainly wasn't a life-changing performance, it was a truly eclectic, yet ultimately heartwarming, display of Cambodian folk arts. Tickets are sold at $10, which is pretty worth its value as most apsara dance theatres often charge higher prices for a shorter show. The show lasted for a little more than an hour, but every moment of it was so enjoyable that we didn't feel the time pass at all!

The show went beyond the already-famous apsara dance and showcased different aspects of Khmer traditional dance. Some were quite comical (particularly the ones featuring village life), some artistic (the Ramakien adaptation), others romantic (the fishing dance), but each and every set piece had something in common: that they were performed by young, aspiring artists truly enthusiastic about rebuilding the local arts scene. It truly was heartwarming to see local youths striving to keep the culture alive.

The only (minor) complaint I have is regarding the venue: since it's outside the National Museum, it can get quite hot at times and the humidity will probably leave you sweating at the end of the performance. The mosquitoes can be a problem too, so be sure to bring bug repellent. However, do keep in mind that in the greater scheme of things, these annoyances seem trivial and inconsequential when you compare it to the standard of artistry and quality of performance you'll get.

If you've visited the Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields on the same morning (like me), you'll find the performance to be an immensely inspiring, optimistic ending to a somber day. It truly filled me with hope for a nation bursting with up-and-coming artistic talents.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Which is to say I'd be the last to claim any knowledge of the subject but it was slick, pacy, the cast looked to be enjoying themselves and it's helping a good cause. What more do you need - and how often do you find it? Esp in SE Asia...

Thank bucketlistchekov
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

We saw the Monday show (folk dances) which was OK. Not the same quality of music and dance as you might find in a large western city for $10 a ticket, more like a decent school performance, But interesting to see some local culture, and we felt good about supporting this venture which Is rebuilding the knowledge of traditional Cambidian dance in young people, in a country where this knowledge was almost lost forever due to Pol Pots regime which killed "artists" of all types.
Inside the programme is a slip of paper asking you to please comment on Tripadvisor, also at the end they ask for donations and for everyone to comment on Trip Advisor. This may explain how they are the number one ranked attraction in Phnom Penh.

2  Thank Worldramblings
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