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First Cambodian LGBTQ Dance Troupe Debut Siem Reap Stage

  • Manilene Ek
  • VOA Khmer
Over the weekend, on July 14 to 15, Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, the country’s first gay dance company, made their debut in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The troupe of all male dancers staged Khmer classical dance as well as mixing tradition with contemporary arts.
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Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA company performs Robam Santhyea Vehea which showcases the use of Khmer classical dance, music, and costume to depict the love and marriage of two men, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Lina Goldberg)
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Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA company performs Robam Santhyea Vehea which showcases the use of Khmer classical dance, music, and costume to depict the love and marriage of two men, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Lina Goldberg)

Dhoung Veasna and Chamroeun Dara, dancers of Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, perform at the company's debut in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)
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Dhoung Veasna and Chamroeun Dara, dancers of Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, perform at the company's debut in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)

Prumsodun Ok, now 30, moved to Cambodia in 2015 and established Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, the country’s first gay dance company, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)
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Prumsodun Ok, now 30, moved to Cambodia in 2015 and established Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, the country’s first gay dance company, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)

Apsara dancer Choung Veasna performs in a traditional 100-year-old Khmer house owned by art historian Darryl Collins, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)
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Apsara dancer Choung Veasna performs in a traditional 100-year-old Khmer house owned by art historian Darryl Collins, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)

A red lantern hangs on stage, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)
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A red lantern hangs on stage, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)

Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA dancers are getting ready backstage, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 15, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)
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Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA dancers are getting ready backstage, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 15, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)

Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA dancers put on makeup prior to taking the stage at Kralanh House, a 100-year old historic home in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)
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Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA dancers put on makeup prior to taking the stage at Kralanh House, a 100-year old historic home in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)

Choung Veasna, 19, showcases apsara dancing at his first debut in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)
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Choung Veasna, 19, showcases apsara dancing at his first debut in Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)

Dancers perform PRUM x POP which depicts Khmer classical dance onto contemporary pop music, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)
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Dancers perform PRUM x POP which depicts Khmer classical dance onto contemporary pop music, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)

Choreographer Prumsodun Ok adjusts gestures and movements of his dancers during a rehearsal, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)
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Choreographer Prumsodun Ok adjusts gestures and movements of his dancers during a rehearsal, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Photo: Tom Whittaker)

Choreographer Prumsodun Ok stands along his dancers while addressing the audience after the show, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 15, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)
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Choreographer Prumsodun Ok stands along his dancers while addressing the audience after the show, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 15, 2017. (Photo: Enric Contreras)

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