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Rasas – Introduction to Thai Khon

Pichet Klunchun Dance Company (Thailand)
22 Oct 2017Sun
1hr 15mins (including short breaks)
Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
Recommended for age 13 years and above
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Fusing dance, drama, pantomime and music, Thai khon is the classical dance-drama form of Thailand, best known for bringing to life the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Hindu epic the Ramayana. In this workshop, led by renowned dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun, learn more about this refined art form and try out some of its basic postures and gestures.

About Pichet Klunchun
A recipient of the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award (2014), Pichet Klunchun is known for creating movement vocabularies and methodologies that expand boundaries of traditional and contemporary dance in Bangkok. He trained in khon at the age of 16 under Chaiyot Khummanee, one of the most regarded khon masters in Thailand. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in fine and applied arts at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, he pursued theatre both as a dancer and choreographer. He has participated in intercultural performances and collaborated in a work with French artist Jerome Bel, which has toured the world to critical acclaim. Klunchun's many world-class awards include Routes ECF Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (2008) and the Chevalier of the French Arts and Literature Order (2012).

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay previously commissioned Pichet Klunchun Dance Company’s Black and White in 2011 and Dancing with Death in 2016.

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