Can Apsara dansers be gay?

Cambodia has a rich cultural history that goes back to the so-called “Khmer” era, centuries ago. The famous temples of Angkor remind of that period. Unfortunately, a lot of art was destroyed during the 1970s by the Pol Pot regime which was called the Khmer Rouge – a reference to communism.

Choreographer Prumsodun Ok doesn’t want to lose this tradition and he has restored classical dance. Although he adds a surprisingly contemporary element: a touch of gay-eroticism. I went to watch a rehearsal and saw young Cambodians dance gracefully with each other.

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