Folk dances are performed at religious ceremonies, festivities, and for leisurely entertainment. Traditionally, all dances were performed in the village in large clearings or public areas at times of birth, marriage, death, during planting and harvesting, hunting, war, or at a feast. Some dances are related to Buddhist beliefs such as Kgnork Pailin and Trot dances. Others are performed once a year according to various spiritual and ceremonial calendars.
Khmer folk dances are highly spirited dances that follow popular themes with lively movements and gestures. Dance motifs are usually based on local legends and the everyday life of the people. Dancers dance with easy, improvised yet composed movements that are designed to invite humor and enthusiasm, with an upbeat music and rhythm. Many dances are accompanied by drums and instruments from the Mahori and Pinn peat ensemble.
Kngork Pursat dance originates from the. Por ethnic group, who live in the mountainous, forested areas of Kravagn district, Pursat Province. Choreographed by Prof. Chheng Phon and Prof. Pol Som Oeun, the dance is performed as an offering to the spirits in order to pray for the community's happiness and prosperity. The dancers perform with a distinctive Headgear of tall Peacock tails, and originally featured a dancer who played a hunter role.
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