Photo:  Nattapol Meechart

Photo: Nattapol Meechart

Dancing with Death

Pichet Klunchun (Bangkok)

2.7 Sun14:00
2.8 Mon18:00
Professional (Registration required) Audience
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Language: Non-verbal

Choreographed by: Pichet Klunchun
Dancers: Pichet Klunchun, Sunon Wachirawarakarn, Porramet Maneerat, Padung Jumpan, Kornkarn Rungsawang, Julaluck Eakwattanapun, Pavida Watchirapanyaporn, Jirayus Puatput
Produced by: Pichet Klunchun Dance Company and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore)
Commissioned by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore for da:ns series 2016
Co-produced by: Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016 Executive Commitee, and Arts Centre Melbourne

A creation inspired by the Phi Ta Khon festival that is celebrated in the Loei province of northeastern Thailand, where locals participate in a street parade with colourful masks, costumes and props to honour spirits of all kinds — two separate worlds mingle together to dance, where humans and spirits are free to engage with each other, without any fear. A new physical vocabulary is created in Dancing with Death that marries this open, improvisational, organic and intuitive nature of folk expression with Klunchun’s contemporary choreographic system based on classical Thai dance. With the new principles of moving, his dancers are able to continuously improvise poses, gestures and positions that are always different and fresh. It is choreography of continuous creativity and an image of “life after death” as a never-ending cycle.

Pichet Klunchun

Pichet Klunchun bridges traditional Thai Classical Dance language with contemporary sensibility, while keeping the heart and wisdom of the convention. He trained in Thai Classical Mask Dance, Khon, from age 16 with Chaiyot Khummanee, one of the best Khon masters in Thailand. After receiving his Bachelor degree in Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, he pursued theatre both as dancer and choreographer. He has participated in several intercultural performing arts programs in North America, Asia and Europe. Pichet has earned many honourable world-class awards namely “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).

Photo: Suthas Rungsirisilp

Photo: Sutras Rungsirisilp

Pichet Klunchun