Saturday, 25th February 2011, 7.30 pm
Created in 2004 at the Fringe Festival at Patravadi Theatre Bangkok by the Singapore artist Tang Fu Kuen, “Pichet Klunchun and Myself” was presented again at La Fête 2006. This was an unprecedented success and contributed widely to Thai artist Pichet’s international recognition. Since its creation, it has been shown in nearly 100 cities around the world, such as Paris, Berlin, Taipei, Lisbon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vienna, Rome, Warsaw, New York, London, Madrid, Djakarta, Yokohama, Mexico, etc. A refined and humorous dialogue, it is a ‘best-seller’ of Franco-Thai cooperation.
After a 7-year tour, both artists have decided to put an end to “Pichet Klunchun and Myself” where it all started… in Thailand at the new theatre of Patravadi Mejudhon, at Vic Hua Hin!
“When we met, we had no idea what would result from our meeting. I had only a few questions I wished to ask this dancer. The way we met determined the very nature and form of our cooperation. Jet-lag, the fascination of arriving in a city such as Bangkok, and monster traffic-jams prevented us from rehearsing. The context of the Festival made us decide to present a sort of dramatized review of our experiences. And thus, the ballet shows 2 artists who are completely unacquainted and have very different artistic backgrounds, trying to learn more of each other and of their work, in spite of the cultural abyss that separates them.” Jérôme Bel, Seoul, June 1, 2005.
Jérôme Bel is a cult figure of French contemporary dance, well-known for his humour and free spirited approach to his art. He was trained at Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine d’Angers, danced for several French and Italian choreographers before becoming assistant to Philippe Decouflé for the XVIth Winter Olympic Games’ opening ceremony, in Albertville (1992). Pichet Klunchun is one of the leaders of Thai contemporary dance. He was trained in Khon (classical dancing with traditional masks) by Chaiyot Khummanee, one of Thailand’s great masters of the art.
This is a co-production with La Fête, Bangkok, and Vic Hua Hin. Tickets for 900, 700 and 500 Baht (students 50 % discount) are now available at Vic Hua Hin: 032-827-814 to 815.