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Lao P.D.R.

Fon Pao Bang

Bamboo Blowing Dance


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This dance is used by the Khmu to express their joy at particular events. It is commonly performed as a house-warming dance.


Reasons for selection

This dance also belongs to a minority group of Laos, the Khmu, like the Hmong dances. This dance was largely ignored until recently.


Area where performed

Mountain slopes in Southern Laos.


Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Dance


Detailed explanation

A dance of joy is performed at traditional festivals, especially house-warming. It comes from the Khmu ethnic group in Southern Laos. This dance has courting elements, where the males blow into a bamboo whistle as a means of attracting the women, who are in attendance.


Publication and textual documentation

not yet available


Audio documentation

not yet available


Visual documentation

not yet available


Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

National School of Music and Dance


Data provider

Mr. Douangchampy Vouthisouk
Deputy-Director
National School of Music and Dance
Address: Vientiane, Lao P.D.R.