Pichet Klunchun

About Khon

A master performer of Thai Classical Dance asks, “How do we restore the place of pride of traditional art in contemporary society?”

Pichet Klunchun bridges traditional Thai Classical Dance language with contemporary sensibility, while keeping the heart and wisdom of the convention. Pichet Klunchun and Myself (2005), created with French choreographer Jérôme Bel, raised questions about the theatrical and choreographic traditions of France and Thailand. Its follow-up, I am a Demon (2006), was Klunchun’s quest for the wisdom behind the structure and movement of the Demon character in Khon. The exploratory threads of these works that have also been presented in Japan are woven into the fabric of About Khon, and the discussion continues as barriers in communication, in time and in form fall away. At the Japan premiere, Zan Yamashita, a choreographer based in Kyoto, will appear on stage with Pichet Klunchun. The dialogue which develops between them will give us new ideas about the traditional and the contemporary, the connections they have, the struggles they face, and their sense of separation.

Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza

Pichet Klunchun

Pichet Klunchun trained in Thai Classical Mask Dance, Khon, from the age of 16 with Master Chaiyot Khummanee. After receiving his degree in Thai Classical Dance, he pursued theatre both as dancer and choreographer. In 1998, Klunchun directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in Bangkok. In 2001, he par ticipated in the 7-month residency program in the United States sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council. In 2005, representing Thai artists, he presented 3 dance pieces at Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2005 in Brussels. His has been actively performing both in Asia and in numerous cities in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
In 2008, Klunchun received the ‘Routes’ ECF Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity from the European Cultural Foundation. In 2009, he attended ARTISTS SUMMIT KYOTO 2009 organized by Kyoto University of Art and Design.

ChoreographerPichet Klunchun
ConceptJérôme Bel
DancerPichet Klunchun, Noppadon Bundit, Wongkot Wutthidej, Manit Theppatimaporn, Porramet Maneerat,
DialogistZan Yamashita
Production ManagerSojirat Singholka
Supported byEsplanade (Singapore), The Goethe-Institute Thailand
Presented byKyoto Experiment