Robam Kuos Traloak (Coconut Dance)

Posted by IntoCambodia Team on 12 November 2017
Robam Kous Trolaok (Coconut Shell Dance) has been a legacy of Khmer people for a long time. This traditional folk dance was originated from Romeas Hek district in Svay Rieng Province. This Dance is performed during the wedding ceremony (Groom Procession) and other festivals for cheering the atmosphere.
Robam Kuos Traloak (Coconut Dance)

Robam Kous Trolaok (Coconut Shell Dance) has been a legacy of Khmer people for a long time. This traditional folk dance was originated from Romeas Hek district in Svay Rieng Province. This Dance is performed during the wedding ceremony (Groom Procession) and other festivals for cheering the atmosphere.

According to Khmer Culture and Civilization documents were written by Professor Pun Chhay mentioned that during 1965, the team of the National Conservatory of the Spectacular and Royal University of Fine Arts to conduct field research and invited a teacher who still remembered and had knowledge about this dance. His name is “Watt” who is a teacher at a primary school in the Svay Rieng province. He has traits like humor, words, and gestures, as well as use voice, mimic the sound of music in the comedy way. In addition, he has taught at the National Conservatory of Spectacular in Phnom Penh. The mentioned source said that after the trainees began to install the dance which has the format as the one we have seen today. This dance has been installed and officially started to perform for national and international visitors since 1966 until now. The same source added that Robam Kous Trolaok is different from many other traditional folk dances where they often bridged the ethnicity to the spiritual belief.

However, this dance has been used by the Cambodian people in the Romeas Hek district of Svay Rieng province to participate in the wedding ceremony, especially for groom procession in order to create the pleasant atmosphere and prompted the ceremony more pomp. And, female and male dancers hold each pair of beautifully polished coconut shell and often called “Trolaok Nhi-Chhmoul”. Then, they were dancing to traditional rhythms (Phleng Kar) with dynamic movement and cross open like a grasshopper with humor and naughty performance. On the other hand, according to Khmer preference, Coconut shell dance or grasshopper dance in the wedding is the creation of a happy and glory because this “Trolaok Nhi-Chhmoul” for Cambodian people believe as a symbol of natural properties, especially its agricultural produce of the nation. Moreover, “Trolaok Nhi-Chhmoul” represent water and soil, which is the favorable condition for agriculture, and also the bond between adults, which is the prerequisite condition for the morality in rural life.

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Reference
- MCFA & UNESCO (2004). Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Cambodia: A joint publication of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and UNESCO. Cambodia: JSRC Printing House.