After the Killing Fields

Comprised of Cambodian children orphaned by the Khmer Rouge's genocide, the Sacred Dancers of Angkor arrive for a week of events celebrating Cambodia's classical, folk and sacred dance traditions, as well as the powerful concept of survival. In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge murdered millions, even as it targeted classical Cambodian dance and other performing arts, decimating the ranks of teachers and performers so badly that classical Cambodian dance was feared lost. The resurgence of this elegant art is showcased with folk dances and a performance of the rarely seen Reoung Preah Thong-Neang Neak, originally choreographed in the 1940s for the Royal Ballet of Cambodia by Queen Kossamak, mother of the late King Sihanouk. The dance recounts the birth of Cambodia; in 2003, the work was revived and adapted by that queen's granddaughter, Princess Buppha Devi, once a star dancer in her own right. These events and two performances mark the finale of the ensemble's four-city U.S. tour. For a complete list of events, go to nkfc.org/ustour. Martha B Knoebel Dance Theatre, 6200 E. Atherton St., CSULB, Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., $25; Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m., $25-$100. nkfcmartha.eventbrite.com. Also at Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Music, 200 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.; $25-$100. (213) 621-2200.
Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., 2013

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Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater, Cal State Long Beach

6200 Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

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