Abstract

Abstract:

Through the case of lkhaon bassac theater, this article investigates how Khmer traditional theater genres have adapted in response to new audiences and performance contexts through the use of new musical instruments and the introduction of new characters and storylines. The first part of the article provides general information on the historical and performance context of lkhaon bassac and examines the scriptwriter's creativity in combining and adapting scenes, songs, characters, and stories to the performance contexts and audiences. The second part examines how the spread of mass media and cultural tourism is fueling popularity-focused processes of transformation of the lkhaon bassac genre.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-5630
Print ISSN
0044-9202
Pages
pp. 72-104
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-23
Open Access
No
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