By continuing to navigate you declare to accept and consent to the use of cookies. To learn more Close

Pinpeat songs and Music

Music of the world

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is the heir of a tradition that goes back over a thousand years. It has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity”. Cambodian classical dance is very original. It is characterised by a smooth succession of postures, without abruptness yet not without passion, clearly marked by the orchestra. Much importance is given to detail : the end of a toe, the position of the fingers, the extension of the elbow… There are four types of roles : princes and princesses, played by women, monkeys, interpreted by men, and giants, or « yaks », also danced by women wearing masks. Called “Pinpeat” – from Sanskrit – the orchestra that accompanies these dances comprises about ten very diverse instruments : drums, gongs, xylophones, oboes, flutes and cymbals. The songs sustain and clarify the dancers’ gestures.