Monday, January 25, 2010

Lao Sword Demonstrations (Fon Dap)

Unfortunately, not a lot of context was provided in most cases, but apparently a few demonstrationss of the Lao sword dance have been posted on youtube:

The Natasin dance troupe of Iowa has also posted a fon dap:

Here we see an example of younger artists who are familiar with the form:

One commenter remarks that these are derived from the Muay Lai Lao fighting style which originated in Laos, A.K.A tiger dragging its tail, with these particular examples incorporating swords. Any additional information is appreciated!

For an interesting point of comparison and contrast, here is a demonstration of the Thai Krabi Krabong form at an exhibition in Japan:


Charlotte Nguyen said...

Awesome sword demonstrations! I want to learn how to dance with a sword one day. I have a couple of practice swords at home (just playing it safe). I hope to see more exciting posts later.

Leilani Chan & Ova Saopeng said...

This is really cool! I've never seen Lao martial arts demonstrated before.