21.01.2019 -

UNESCO supports a second Season of the Royal Ballet

On 18 and 19 January 2019, UNESCO assisted in the organization of a series of Royal Ballet performances for the third time. A first series in December 2016 met a great success and was the starting point to the establishment of an annual Season of the Royal Ballet.

The 2019 Season was the opportunity to perform a new creation by H.R.H. Princess Buppha Devi named “Neang Watthana Devi” and inspired from the Greek myth of Psyche as a tribute to French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Psyche was a woman gifted with extreme beauty and grace, one of the mortal women whose love and sacrifice for her beloved God Eros earned her immortality. The French sculptor, fascinated by the Royal Ballet dancers who were accompanying King Sisowath while officially visiting France in 1906, had painted watercolors of the celestial dancers and foreseen them performing the myth of Psyche.

Thanks to film and papers archives as well as specific research on fabric, this performance was an opportunity to recreate costumes that had not been used for almost 100 years such as the Garuda, the Kenories, half women half bird and a character named Gnooh who originally had a black mask and was  recreated in gold as he is a God transformed into a man.

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