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The cultural diversity in the Bay Area makes it one of the best places to live in the world. Cambodian-Americans are certainly significant pieces of that cultural tapestry. The preservation of the Cambodian culture is, therefore, vital. It is paramount not only to the collective community, but also to the Cambodian community, and the individual Cambodians themselves.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Echoes of the Royal Court - San Jose, California


Contact: Leslie Kim (650) 814-7300, leslieakim at

Echoes of the Royal Court is a special performance of classical Cambodian dance and music that will be at the Mexican Heritage Theater in the Mexican Heritage Plaza, School of Arts and Culture 1700 Alum Rock, San Jose, CA 95116 at 3pm on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Tickets are $10, to reserve your seat please contact, 408 829-8072. For more information please visit,

The Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose, California under the artistic direction of Ms. Savary Dean and the Ho Chan Ensemble, a pin peat percussion group from Long Beach, California will present dances and music originally performed for the Royal Court in Cambodia. The blessing dance, Robam Chun Por and Robam Buong Suong Yakon will be followed by a special performance of Robam Hanuman and Sovan Macha with Ms. Charya Burt and Mr. Sara Pheng dancing. Bophal lokai will introduce the youngest members of the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe before the Ho Chan Ensemble does a special presentation of classical Cambodian pin peat music. Robam Plert, the Fan Dance will be the elegant conclusion of the program.

Echoes of the Royal Court brings to San Jose the classical Cambodian dance and music of Ms. Savary Dean and Mr. Ho Chan, both artists who trained in Cambodia before fleeing the Khmer Rouge. Ms. Dean brings her art to San Jose in memory of her teachers who perished in Cambodia. Echoes of the Royal Court features musicians of the Ho Chan Ensemble with their classical pin peat drums and reed instruments, the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe and Ms. Charya Burt and Mr. Sara Pheng as Hanuman, the Monkey King.

Echoes of the Royal Courts tells a part of the story of the Reamker, the Khmer or Cambodian adaptation of the Ramayana. This classical dance and music tells the story of Hanuman, the brave monkey with his band of loyal monkeys building a bridge to Nirvana and meeting Sovan Macha, the golden mermaid and her band of sparking mermaids. It is a timeless story of long ago.

Echoes of the Royal Court is made possible with the support of: The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council Silicon Valley in partnership with the county of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council. Tax deductible donations can be made to the Cambodian American Resource Agency, inc., a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to preserving the traditions and culture of the Cambodian people.

Leslie Kim
(650) 852-0449