Esplanade Presents


Mali Bucha: Dance Offering

An Esplanade Commission
Kornkarn Rungsawang (Thailand)

13 Oct 2023, Fri, 9pm

14 Oct 2023, Sat, 7.30pm

15 Oct 2023, Sun, 3pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Photo Credit: Bernie Ng
Photo Credit: Bernie Ng
Photo Credit: Bernie Ng

Cross material and virtual worlds with up-and-coming choreographer Kornkarn Rungsawang in this ritual-inspired performance that combines dance, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Rum Kea Bon is an ancient ritual performed at shrines and temples in Thailand where dance is used as a tool for negotiation by humans towards higher beings in a bid to make wishes come true. The charming dancer, hired as a messenger to access higher beings, enhances the likelihood of one’s wish fulfilment.


Inspired by this ritual, Kornkarn created Mali Bucha: Dance Offering, a hybrid constellation of augmented reality, virtual reality and dance. This immersive and participatory iteration of Rum Kea Bon crosses between physical and immaterial worlds, with a digital shrine accessible through AR and VR. Audience members will be able to view, make wishes and offer flowers to the digital shrine.


Kornkarn thus acts as an interface between the material plane (the real-time audience) and the digital realm (the virtual shrine), communicating individual wishes and thanksgiving to higher beings through dance. Flowing as a current throughout Mali Bucha is a belief system that concerns itself with duality—economics and ecology, image and sound, old and new, the mundane and the transcendent.


This performance marks the full-length premiere of Mali Bucha: Dance Offering, after being workshopped at various leading platforms in Asia and Europe, such as Dance Nucleus in Singapore, Kinosaki International Arts Centre in Japan, and Tanz Kongress in Germany. As a dancer, Kornkarn has spent years performing with the renowned Pichet Klunchun and training in both classical and contemporary dance forms. Now as a dancemaker to watch, she continues to bridge the traditional and contemporary, reflecting modern cultural impulses of this generation.


Mali Bucha: Dance Offering is commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.


This production is presented as part of da:ns focus – Connect Asia Now (CAN), a weekend that spotlights contemporary dance works by Asian artists focusing on distinct voices and creative impulses from the region.


Production Credits
Concept, Choreography and Dance: Kornkarn Rungsawang (Thailand)  
Sound Design: Zai Tang (UK/Singapore)  
VR/AR Design: The Virtualizers (Thailand)  
CG Supervisor/VFX Director: Asst. Prof. Gomesh Karnchanapayap (Ph.D)  
Technical Director/Lead Programmer: Siwat Suksri  
3D Scanning/3DAnimator/Rigging: Piyanon Somboon  
Assistant Technical Director: Wijittra Prasatkaew  
Lighting Design: Asako Miura (Japan)  
Dramaturg: Tang Fu Kuen (Singapore/Norway)  
Costume Design: Manit Theppatimaporn, Kanapoot Viruttanachai (Thailand)  
Production Stage Manager: Yap Seok Hui (Singapore) 
Technical Direction: ARTFACTORY 
Producer: Sojirat Singholka (Thailand)  

Residency supported by: Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka City) 

  • There will be no latecomers’ admission or readmission for this performance.

  • Free seating. You may choose to sit on chairs or floor cushions during the performance. Both seating options will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • There will be post-show talks on 14 & 15 Oct.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English, Thai
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Artist Information

Kornkarn Rungsawang

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Born in Bangkok in 1988, Rungsawang represents a new generation of dance artists whose aim is to bridge the traditional and contemporary. Trained in diverse Thai traditions, from royal court to popular folk forms, she applies her wide knowledge of traditional kinesthetic systems to the contemporary body and urban rhythms to formulate new dance expressions that reflect the current social, cultural and political environment. Since 2007, she has been a full-time artist in Pichet Klunchun Dance Company under the tutelage of renowned choreographer Pichet Klunchun. Her new solo work Mali Bucha: Dance Offering has been workshopped in Bangkok (2021, online version), Singapore (2022, Dance Nucleus and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay), Germany (2022, Tanz Kongress in Mainz) and Indonesia (2022, Indonesian Dance Festival). Kornkarn is also part of the Artist-in-Residence Program 2023/2024 at the Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC).

Date & Time

13 Oct 2023, Fri


Esplanade Theatre Studio

14 Oct 2023, Sat


Esplanade Theatre Studio
There will be post-show talk

15 Oct 2023, Sun


Esplanade Theatre Studio
There will be post-show talk
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