Photo by Yi-Chun Wu/ Courtesy of Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay
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Inspired by the battle scenes of the ancient Ramayana murals which is also the origin of Kohn, the piece was created after two years of work. The Kohn techniques are fully employed while, based on the ideas of Buddhism, equilibrium is sought after among the conflicting forces of life, emotions, good and evil, Performed by six Kohn-trained dancers including the choreographer himself, the piece has toured around the world, and now arrives in Japan for the first time.
Director and Choreographer: Pichet Klunchun
Performers: Pichet Klunchun, Noppadon Bundit, Sunon Wachirawarakarn, Porramet Maneerat, Padung Jupan, Kornkarn Rungsawang
Chinese Guqin (music): Wu Na
Costume: Anuthep Potchprasart
Dramaturg: Lim How Ngean
Production Manager: Wayla Amatathammachad
Stage Manager: Kazushi Ota
Light: Asako Miura, Kinoe Mogi
Sound: Bunsho Nishikawa
Technical Assistant: Phan Trong Khuong
Photo by Suthas Rungsirisilp
Pichet Klunchun trained in Thai Classical Mask Dance, Khon, from the age of 16 with Chaiyot Khummanee, one of the best Khon masters in Thailand. After receiving his degree in Khon at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, he pursued theatre and contemporary dance both as a dancer and choreographer. Bridging the traditional Khon language with contemporary sensibility, while keeping the heart and wisdom of the convention, he has participated in several intercultural performing arts programs in North America, Asia and Europe, and received “Routes ECF Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (2008)”, Chevalier of the French Arts and Literature Order (2012) and the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award (2014).