Grants Awarded2014 | Dance | United States
JDR 3rd Award recipient for his significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia2010 | Dance | United States
For participation in a project undertaken by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival2000 | Dance | United States
to study dance and choreography, pursue dance research, and undertake creative work in the United States
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. It is choreography of continuous creativity and an image of “life after death” as a never-ending cycle.
The performance is conceived and organized by the internationally-acclaimed dance artist Pichet Klunchun. Pichet has won many awards and has performed in dance festivals around the world. The evening’s program will include his solo piece “ ”, followed by Tam Kai (Hunting the Chicken), an structured-improvisation directed by Pichet. There will only be one concert with limited seating for “ ” and Tam Kai. Make sure you don’t miss it!
Grantee: Pichet Klunchun
Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an artistic celebration of Australia's relationship with contemporary Asia. Vital, fresh and always unpredictable, Asia TOPA offers a city-wide window onto the creative imaginations fuelling the many cultures of the region.
The Asia Triennial of Performing Arts features numerous dance works from all over the region. China’s avant-garde Tao Dance Theatre performs two pieces from Tao Ye’s Straight Line Trilogy; in Eko Supriyanto’s Balabala, women combine dance with martial arts while his Cry Jailolo is a paean to endangered nature; Javanese music duo Senyawa together with Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc present Attractor, a “trance-noise odyssey”; and in Dancing with Death, Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun creates a space between life and afterlife inspired by the Phi Ta Khon ghost festival; and and the world premier of Wang Chong's "Little Emperors." Jen Shyu will have a solo recital on February 18.
Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Canada’s own Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.
Pichet Klunchun received an ACC Fellowship in 2000 to participate in the APPEX Program at UCLA. Pichet received the ACC's John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award in 2013 for his distinguished contribution to the international appreciation and understanding of Asian art and culture, particularly for his dedication to preserving the integrity and vitality of Thai classical dance.
Dancing with Death
One of the most exciting choreographers in Asia today, Pichet Klunchun is internationally acclaimed for his contemporary works developed from classical Thai dance. Inspired by a carnival "Phita Khon" that celebrates death from the northeastern Thailand, Pichet transforms Dancing with Death into a dance that is exuberant and spiritual. "I want to show that death is beautiful," said Pichet. With dancers covered with colorful strips, whirling and running on a high-raised loop, audience is transported to a world of ecstasy. Here death is not feared but celebrated, and dance is free, fluid and organic in expression.
Pichet Klunchun X Chen Wu-kang
From a distance, both look alike.
He from Taiwan, he from Thailand.
Their bodies move eloquently, Splintered between past and present.
Their stories speak of being between worlds,
before memory, inside politics, beyond expectations.
One is lonely, two is better.
Half full, half empty. Finding oneself in the other.
Two rebellious choreographers－Pichet Klunchun, an innovator in classical Thai classical dance and Chen Wu-kang, founder of Taiwan’s first all-male dance company HORSE－encounter in Behalf. Through an eloquent body dialogue that transcends documented history, defined geography and social taboos, they go to great lengths in dance to dethrone any gods proclaiming to be!
Two rebellious choreographers－ ACC alumni Pichet Klunchun, an innovator in classical Thai classical dance and Chen Wu-kang, founder of Taiwan’s first all-male dance company HORSE－encounter in Behalf. Through an eloquent body dialogue that transcends documented history, defined geography and social taboos, they go to great lengths in dance to dethrone any gods proclaiming to be.