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Essay

Healing Through Movement

Acts of reclamation resonate in the choreography of Cambodian dancer Prumsodun Ok

Portrait of PRUMSODUN OK, 2018. Photo by Nobuyuki Arai. Courtesy the artist.


The traditional Cambodian myth of Moni Mekhala begins with a contest to see who can collect a glass of morning dew the fastest. As the legend goes, the sage Lok Ta Moni Eysei had set the task for his three best pupils: Ream Eyso, a powerful storm demon; Vorachhun, a god of the land; and Moni Mekhala, the goddess of the seas. Relying not on…

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