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Pichet Klunchun ( Thailand ), Jérôme Bel ( France )
& Pichet Klunchun Dance Company ( Thailand )

 
 
 
 

One of Asia's most esteemed dancemakers,
Pichet Klunchun, boldly regenerates
the great Thai classical dance
tradition of Khon

France's choreographer
provocateur Jêrôme Bel,
creator of the boundary-breaking
The Show Must Go On

A tour de force from the
dance worlds of East and West

We don't believe in what we are
We don't see what we have
We expect acknowledgement for good deeds
We work like slaves for aspirations of grandeur
We are not Thai when our culture is lost
– Pichet Klunchun

 
 

Thai classical dance sensation Pichet Klunchun joins up with acclaimed French choreographer provocateur Jérôme Bel in an intriguing alliance that raises fresh awareness of traditional art forms by bringing Khon, Thailand's centuries-old court dance drama, into the contemporary spotlight.

Starting as a student of the late Khon master Chaiyot Khummanee at the age of 16, Pichet Klunchun has gone on to both preserve and update the ancient art form, stripping away any superficial charm and injecting its essence into his remarkable creations.

Pichet Klunchun and Jêrôme Bel first collaborated on the stunning Pichet Klunchun and Myself in 2005. About Khon premièred last year and has since appeared in numerous arts festivals across Asia. Exploring culture, religion and life with openness, honesty and humour, the partnership establishes a novel dialogue between drastically different worlds while critically examining the state of dance today. This is a work that will appeal to everyone with an interest in dance and the different forms it can take.

An original fusion of East and West, old and new, by two groundbreaking artists.

 
 

Khon

A traditional Thai court dance drama with a history spanning more than 600 years. The principal theme in Khon is based on the epic poem Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian epic Ramayana. There are four types of roles: men, women, demons and monkeys, with masks used for the latter two. A narrator is used for all the lines and forms an integral part of this challenging artistic performance together with the dancers and musicians.

 

Photos: association R.B.

 

21- 22.11.2008 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
$200   $120

 
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Dialogue in English

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Approx 1 hour and 30 minutes without intermission

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Post-performance talk after each performance

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Pichet Klunchun will host a workshop. Please click here for details

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