Cambodian dancers have won praise from international guests and Singapore’s president and prime minister for their performance at the Chingay Parade in the island republic on February 15 and 16.
Sok Sabayna, an official with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, on Tuesday evening told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport that the Cambodian team’s trip to perform at the event was a success.
“We achieved more success than we hoped for,” he said. “Many foreign dignitaries, especially Singapore’s president and prime minister, congratulated our troupe’s performance.”
Mr Sabayna also said that some Singaporean and other foreign newspapers took pictures of Cambodian dancers’ performance for publication.
He said the Cambodian dancers coordinated well with each other during their performance, which led to its success.
“As the leader of the Cambodian delegation to Singapore I am happy and proud that our team joined the event,” Mr Sabayna added.
He noted that Hun Many, president of the Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia, accompanied the team to Singapore to encourage the performers.
Besides taking part in Chingay Parade, the Cambodian performers on February 17 also performed the Lkhon Khol in Singapore to showcase the World Heritage listed dance to the international community.
Proeung Chhieng, a university of fine arts lecturer who jointly led the Cambodian team, said that Cambodian dancers met with some difficulties during their performance.
“A Cambodian dancer hurt her legs, but she still struggled on to help the team achieve success for our Kingdom,” he said. “We are very proud that our Cambodian performers were successful at the event.”
Performer Ra Narith appealed to all generations of Cambodians to keep supporting the Kingdom’s cultural and traditional arts.
“Please all Cambodian people help to support our cultural and traditional arts which have impressed people from around the world,” he said.