Grants Awarded2017 | Dance | United States
for participation in the American Dance Festival International Choreographers' Residency in summer 20172016 | Dance | United States
for a six-month grant to observe contemporary dance in the U.S.
Dance is the main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories: classical dance and folk dance. Until the 20th century, Thai classical dance was only permitted to be performed in the Royal Court.
Come and learn about the basic movement of the male and femail characters from ACC grantee Kornkarn Rungsawang. There will be a short choreography and an introduction to contemporary Thai movement. Register for this event by April 24 here.
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.