We call Apsaras (Khmer “អប្សរា”) represent an important motif in the stone bas-reliefs of the Angkor-ian temples in Cambodia (8th–13th centuries AD), however not all female images on stone bas-reliefs of the temples or figures are considered to be Apsaras. In harmony with the Indian relation of dance with Apsaras, Khmer female figures that are dancing or are poised to dance are considered Apsaras; female figures, depicted individually or in groups, who are standing still and facing forward in the manner of temple guardians or custodians are called Devatas (Khmer “ទេវតា”).
The Robam Tep Apsara (Khmer “របាំទេពអប្សរា”, mean Dance of the Apsara Divinities).
The carving and bas-reliefs of Angkor-ian temples has became the inspiration of Khmer classical dance. An indigenous ballet-like performance art of Cambodia, is generally called “Apsara Dance or Celestial Dance”. The dance was created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in the mid-20th century under the patronage of Queen Sisowath Kossamak of Cambodia. The role of the Apsara is played by a woman, wearing tight-fitting traditional dress with gilded jewelries and headdress modeled after Angkor bas-reliefs, whose graceful, sinuous gestures are codified to narrate classical myths or religious stories.
Buffet Dinner & Apsara Dance Show Siem Reap