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.