2006 / 52 minutes / Production : 24 Images / Broadcasting : TV5 Monde
“The Royal Ballet is the heirloom of a tradition that is more than thousand years old. Intricately tied to the royal court, the ballet suffered all the upheavals of the Cambodian history and on several occasions, nearly disappeared. But each time, it somehow ended up reappearing from its own ashes. Firstly because the kings, who though were obliged to flee from the capital, never abandoned their dancers and also because, the ballet always found young girls who wanted to become dancers to serve their king.”
These words are of Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts of the Royal Government of Cambodia until 2004.
Photos : Jean-François Grêlé