Dancing for human dignity
by KhmerLife on Feb 23, 2019
Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA is Cambodia's first gay dance company. They re-stage Khmer classical dances with a vital freshness, and create original, groundbreaking works that thrive at the intersection of art and human dignity, and are committed to elevating the quality of life and expression for LGBTQ people in Cambodia. Eileen McCormick recently caught up with NATYARASA's founder Prumsodun Ok who is also a TED Senior Fellow.
Good Times2: You have been labeled the first gay dance theater group representing traditional Cambodian dance on the international stage. Is this stressful? How do you deal with the people's expectations?
Prumsodun Ok: I think a lot of people who look from the outside have misconceptions. They don't see LGBTQ people in diverse public spheres. Historically, the LGBTQ community has not had space for true self-expression. When society thinks of us, a lot of contradictions come to mind, especially when it comes to upholding traditions.
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