Certainly poorly paid (Some just $50 a month!) for their skills. That’s low even by Siem Reap standards.

And sadly under-appreciated by most Cambodians according to all the dancers I spoke to.

But it’s not just the low salary and the under-appreciation, it’s also that they see many of their country-folk looking down on them.

No money, no status.

If it wasn’t for foreigners paying to watch, Cambodian dance would have all but disappeared… these are not my words, but the words of the dancers.

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Battambang city, Cambodia

 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Limbering up…

Certainly poorly paid (Some just $50 a month!) for their skills. That’s low even by Siem Reap standards.

And sadly under-appreciated by most Cambodians according to all the dancers I spoke to.

But it’s not just the low salary and the under-appreciation, it’s also that they see many of their country-folk looking down on them.

No money, no status.

If it wasn’t for foreigners paying to watch, Cambodian dance would have all but disappeared… these are not my words, but the words of the dancers.

Dance Practice (1)

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The bananas are small and sweet, unlike the bigger bland ones found in supermarkets back home.

She slices them wafer thin, lays them out on a bamboo tray and brushes them with oil. Then they are dried for a couple of days.

Some of the bananas are grilled before being sold. The grilled ones are especially morish.

Half a kilo sells for a dollar.

Pictured is grandmother and grandfather, like in many Cambodian families they are raising the kids, while the parents try and earn the best income they can (often elsewhere).

It’s a struggle to make ends meet.

Battambang province, Cambodia

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Kids experiment. These ones do so with the little they have and lots of enthusiasm.

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Phnom Penh riverside

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