Thai dance company to stage performance to re-examine tradition

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/07/2020
By: William Yen

CNA photo Aug. 7, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) A contemporary Thai dance company is set to stage a performance at the 2020 Taipei Arts Festival this weekend that allows the audience to re-examine the idea of tradition and witness a creative elaboration of a 700-year-old traditional dance form.

"No. 60," a 65-minute duet performed by 50-year-old Thai dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun and his student Kornkarn Rungsawang, deconstructs the Khon dance by choreographing his own transitions between the 59 poses and movements of the dance's Theppanom canon.

In Pichet's version of the dance, carefully synchronized body movements twist and turn, covering every corner of the stage, while the pair calculate in perfect timing, to bring out their distinct poses at every pause.    [FULL  STORY]

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