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Cambodia Khmeropedies III
In classical Khmer court dance, a Cambodian version of the Ramayana, one central character is Hanuman, a great white monkey accompanied by an army of small monkeys. Emmanuèle Phuon, a choreographer of French and Khmer descent and former dancer with the Baryshnikov company, has taken the very specific body movements of Hanuman in the classical Khmer dance, and pushed them further, introducing on one side elements of contemporary dance and on the other side, with the help of primatologist Eric J. Sargis, monkeys' body language, creating a contemporary dance piece which fits in the Khmeropédies trilogy, further linking Khmer classical dance with the contemporary repertoire.
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