Rodin and the Cambodian Princess

In 1906, His Majesty King Sisowath brought the Royal Ballet of Cambodia to France. The dancers were under the direction of the King’s favourite daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady (1865 – 193…). She really impressed everyone, especially the journalists. Rodin, himself, draws a portrait of the almighty princess.

 

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady as photographed in Paris, Le Petit Journal, issue n°818, 22nd July 1906

 

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Portrait of HRH Princess Sisowath Somphady, 1906, Auguste Rodin (aquarelle)
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Samdech Preah Voreachny Sa-Vann and her sister, Khun Sa-Im

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Samdech Preah Voreachny Vann (left) was married to King Sisowath (1840-1927) of Cambodia and was the beloved Mother of King Sisowath Monivong (1875-1941)

Her sister, Khun Sa-Im was also married to King Sisowath and has two children: HRH Princess Sisowath Samphady (1865-193…) and HRH Prince Sisowath Duong Mathura (1873-1908)

They were very loved by King Sisowath and were both members of the Royal Ballet.

Portrait: Le Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

Article de Monsieur Christophe Vachaudez paru dans le numéro de Mai 2017 du magazine belge “L’Eventail”

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July 1964: HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi’s arrival in Paris with the Royal Ballet of Cambodia related in Italian Magazine, Oggi

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THE GODDESS OF FLOWERS:

Paris. Princess Buppha Devi (her name means Goddess of Flowers), daughter of the “Premier” of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk and First Dancer of the Royal Ballet of Phnom Penh stepped down from the plane ( in the centre) , followed by her fellow dancers. Princess Buppha Devi came to Paris to perform at the Opera for De Gaulle and her father, Prince Sihanouk in official visit in France. The “Goddess of Flowers” is twenty one years old and only 1,40 meter high. One year ago, she married in second wedding, Bruno Forsinetti, 21, son of the Ambassador of Italy in Cambodia.

in Oggi, 2nd July 1964

Monaco, 9th March 2017: Vernissage of the Photo Exhibition of French Photographer Alain Hanel : The Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Printemps des Arts 2013

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In March 2013, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia was invited by the Printemps des Arts to perform in Monaco. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi led the delegation, seconded by His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso. Their Serene Hignesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the Première and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanovre attended the Gala Evening.

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31st Mars 2013: Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, welcoming Her Royal Highness Princess Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi, in company of His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso and of His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On this occasion, my dear friend, French photographer Alain Hanel, as the official photographer of the Printemps des Arts shooted marvellous pictures of the dancers on stage and he decided to set up an exhibition of his works in Monaco.

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In company of HRH Princess Antonella d’Orléans-Bourbon and of my friend, French photograher Alain Hanel. Photo: Eric Dervaux

His son Julien Pierre Hanel gave the magic touch to the photos by re-working graphically with the utmost modern techniques to render the glimpses of fantasy and glitters, characteristical of the Cambodia Royal Ballet.

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From left to right: Mr. Hubert Dupont-Sonneville, Mrs. Marie Madeleine Liesse, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Mr. Alain Hanel, Mrs. Angela de Bona, Mr. Julien Pierre Hanel  Photo: Eric Dervaux

This initiative was definitely supported by the famous brand of French supermarkets, Carrefour and their Foundation for Arts. Mrs. Marie Madeleine Liesse and her Responsible for Marketing, Mr. Hubert Dupont-Sonneville were enthusiastic promoters and this is how we ended on 9th March 2017 enjoying this exclusive venue in one of the main Shopping Mall of Monaco.

The Apsaras will continue their enchanting dances on the walls of Fontvieille until 7th April 2017.

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