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Recording: 2022-08-21 , HAU2Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Pichet Klunchun

No. 60

Tanz im August | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun unpicks the classical forms of khon while embracing the spirit and soul oof this traditional Thai dance. In “No. 60” Klunchun examines the 59 poses in the Thai ‘Theppanom’ canon (which all Thai classical dancers acquire by rote-learning) and generates six new principles that undergird the 700-year-old system of movements and gestures. In an abstract setting freed from convention, Klunchun proposes new forms, accompanied by detailed notes and hand-drawn diagrams. With “No. 60” Klunchun unfixes the rigidity of tradition, paving the way for future trajectories and readings of the art form.

Thai dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun offers a contemporary approach to Thai classical dance while keeping with the heart and wisdom of the art form. From the age of 16 he trained in Khon, Thai classical mask dance, with Khon master Chaiyot Khummanee. In 2001 he travelled to the United States with the Asian Cultural Council fellowship and later collaborated with Jérôme Bel on “Pichet Kluchun and myself” (2004), which won the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award. Klunchun founded Pichet Klunchun Dance Company in 2010 in order to create contemporary dance productions and to work with young professional dancers with a background in Thai classical dance. The company, based in Bangkok, has since 2010 toured internationally across Asia, Europe and North America.

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TFB Nr. 1676

Cast & Credits

Artistic direction & choregraphy: Pichet Klunchun
With: Pichet Klunchun, Kornkarn Rungsawang
Computer graphics: Jaturakorn Pinpech
Music & sound design: Zai Tang
Stage & lighting design: Ray Tseng
Lighting executor: Kailash
Dramaturgy: Tang Fu Kuen
Production management & company management: Sojirat Singholka
Production & stage management: Cindy Yeong

Commissioned by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore
Co-production: TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama and Taipei Performing Arts Center

Tanz im August 2022
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer: Ekaterina Voronova
Production Assistant: Johanna Herrschmann
Production Associates: Vivien Hohnholz, John Hoobyar, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Raquel Moreira, Lilli Ruopp, Tammo Walter
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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