Shadow Puppets Phnom Penh
THESE photos were taken in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and show scenes from a traditional Khmer shadow theatre show performed by Sovanna Phum Arts Association. This particular show uses Sbek Thom or large puppets that are handmade from leather. The puppets represent characters and are moved to music to tell a traditional story. Khmer shadow puppetry is an ancient and sacred form of theatre, but it almost became extinct under the Khmer Rouge regime where artists were killed and puppets destroyed. It has slowly made a comeback thanks to a few surviving Sbek Thom artists, education and international exposure and interest. Performances by Sovanna Phum Arts Association are usually held on Friday and Saturday nights and can include traditional Khmer dance. There is also a shadow puppetry gallery at the venue. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Phone: +855 23 987 564 (Although they can be hard to contact). Address: 166, St. 99, corner of St. 484, 12307 Phnom Penh.
Photos: Sara Greig
For more information on Khmer shadow puppets in Phnom Penh, including information on how the puppets are made, please watch the video below: