Photo Essay

Magical Hands of Raemker

Hands of Raemker

Raemker is the Cambodian version of the Hindu epic, Ramayana, a story of devotion, separation and union, of romance, myth and magic... of the fight between good and evil.

The performance was magical. It was simple and slow-moving, yet totally captivating. The accompanying music was, in the words of my artist / musician friend, "mind massage... sublime".

It was performed from October 9 to 12 as part of the Da:ns Festival 2008 organised by The Esplanade, Singapore. Fortunately for me, I found out in time to catch the last two performances on a Sunday night.

In many Southeast Asian dance performaces, the artistes pay great attention to the posture and movements of the hands.

Given my interest in photographs of hands, this suited me perfectly. I plonked myself at the front row - with my Fuji S5 Pro and Nikkor 73-300 zoom lens - and happily snapped away.

Another piece of detail, told at the end of the performance, is that the costumes are so elaborate that the dancers take more than three hours to dress up!

Next weekend, there will be another performance of the Ramayana, this time from Bali. You can be sure I will be there again!

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5 responses

  • Tony Edwards

    Tony Edwards (Deleted) gave props (12 Oct 2008):

    Another great essay!

  • J

    J gave props (13 Oct 2008):

    Nicely done!

  • d s

    d s gave props (14 Oct 2008):

    great series!!!

  • Susan Corsetti

    Susan Corsetti gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    This is great

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (22 Sep 2010):

    Love it, V!

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