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    Opening doors

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 02/12/2016

    » From now until March, a weekend in Hua Hin will no longer be just about seaside activities or a stroll around night markets. Launched earlier this month, Vic Hua Hin's inaugural "Theatre Season", a festival of music, dance and stage performances and film screenings, will keep both locals and visitors busy every weekend.

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    The politics of love

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/09/2016

    » Thanapol Virulhakul, critically-acclaimed stage director and choreographer, has a way of giving space a certain significance. His take is usually minimalistic, the stage bare and his actors assigned with limited set of movements, and it is the relentless repetition of those elements that would slowly make up the storyline and become part of the blow in the end.

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    Exhibition asks, 'Has happiness returned to Thailand?'

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/07/2016

    » If "Fear" -- Manit Sriwanichapoom's latest photography and video show, which opened over the past weekend at H Gallery, Tang Contemporary Art and Kathmandu Photo Gallery (and at Yavuz Gallery in Singapore at the end of the month) -- isn't the hottest topic of discussion in the capital's art scene already, it soon will be.

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    Dance, theatre and economics

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 23/06/2016

    » The title of French director and playwright Pascal Rambert's performance A (Micro) History Of World Economics, Danced (titled in Thai as Kin Yoo Kue) to be staged at Chulalongkorn University's Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts until Saturday as part of La Fête, is self-explanatory, yet also baffling.

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    Cool Thailand?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/04/2016

    » It is only with reference to J-pop or K-pop that we have a clue as to what the word "T-pop" could possibly mean: an attempt at cultural export -- film, music and other forms of entertainment -- to create a "Thai brand" of cool. It's better late than never, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently launched a campaign, with Thai star Mario Maurer as the presenter, with the aim to boost tourism in Thailand and expand the entertainment market in China.

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    Abstractions and acquaintances

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 09/03/2016

    » As the title "Dusadee + Dusit + Lovers + Dead Ones" suggests, Dusadee Huntrakul's current exhibition at Chulalongkorn University's The Art Center is not exactly a solo show, but a bit of a reunion.

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    Breaking the bloody iceberg

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/07/2015

    » Teerawat Mulvilai knows he's being watched onstage. In his case specifically, it is with extreme scrutiny, a sense of wonder and perplexity. Standing very still seems just as significant as when he moves. He's done it many times before, namely in the first two instalments of his solo performance in Satapana (Establishment), which were Red Tank followed by Iceberg, last year.

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    Shakespeare on tour

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 21/05/2015

    » Perhaps the most widely interpreted play in the history of theatre, Hamlet is now enjoying even more exposure as Shakespeare's Globe, a renowned theatre troupe from London, plans to visit every single country in the world with their production by the end of 2016, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

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    Bangkok is alive with the sound of music

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 01/04/2015

    » Last year was a quiet for musicals in Bangkok. This year, however, we have already seen two musical productions, from a small adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion at Thonglor Art Space to the original Broadway musical Beauty And The Beast earlier this month. This week alone, there are two more productions, from veteran Yuthtana Lopanpaibul's Thai version of The Sound Of Music opening tomorrow at Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre, to, beginning on Saturday, a stage adaptation by Teravat Anuvatudom of the 2004 film Hom Rong (The Overture), the debut performance at KBank Siam Pic-Ganesha, Siam Square One.

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    A cultural crossroads

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/01/2015

    » In the trailer for the currently running Channel 3 TV series Bang Rajan, the formidable Somchai Kemglad bellowed: "I'll fight with my body and blood for the my fellow Thais, for them to be at peace, whether awake or asleep."

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