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    Dance without a safety net

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 09/08/2018

    » Choreographer Thanapol Virulhakul is adamant about creating performances that defy the definition of dance. In his "contemporary dance piece" Hipster The King, performers stand in a tableau for most of the show. In Happy Hunting Ground, the choreography consists mostly of jogging up and down the stage.

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    Thailand looks to its artistic big brother

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 17/05/2018

    » In the past two decades, Bangkok has sprouted several big and small international performing arts festivals -- Bangkok Theatre Festival being the largest event for local productions and Bangkok's International Festival of Dance and Music being the largest for international productions. Then there are emerging festivals spearheaded and run by new bloods like the Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting that launched last year and the biannual Bangkok International Children's Theatre Fest now in its second instalment.

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    Shows for all seasons

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 15/03/2018

    » March kicked off with the return of French choreographer Jérôme Bel to Bangkok, bringing with him two productions to close the French Highlights #3. Then English-speaking theatre company Peel the Limelight celebrated International Women's Day with the premiere of their latest production of Agnes Of God in their new and larger venue, Peel the Limelight Studio, just across from their old home, Spark Drama Studio, at Jasmine City building in Asok. And Bangkok-based Japanese theatre artist Shogo Tanikawa founded his own theatre company Scene Zero and gave birth to a new play. Here are our reviews of these performances.

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    The 'scene', in all its glory

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 28/12/2017

    » It was a busy year for Thai theatre. Life highlights a few trends and picks the best productions of 2017

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    Freeform art

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 01/12/2017

    » A decade ago, theatre was still seen an art form on the margin in Thailand. That is less true today. Visual art and design events are beginning to include theatre in their programmes. The new art and design event Freeform Festival has revived an abandoned school building at ACMEN Ekamai Complex with exhibitions, workshops, food trucks, plays and dance. Their performing arts programme is a solid one. Hopefully, this will become another platform for quality theatre in the future.

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    Grace, beauty - and self-discovery

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 01/12/2017

    » Unfolding Kafka Festival 2017 ended in Chiang Mai on Sunday. This year, under themes of gender identity, animals and folding and unfolding of the body and objects, the festival's performing arts programme doubled in size. Life reviews all the seven performances presented in Bangkok.

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    Gender identity, animals and Kafka

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 02/11/2017

    » Every two years, Jitti Chompee puts on his festival director's hat. The dancer-choreographer and founder of 18 Monkeys Dance Theatre founded Unfolding Kafka Festival in 2015. In its first year, the festival featured four performances, one installation and a workshop. This year, the performing arts portion of the festival has doubled in number.

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    Life's agonies, magnified three-fold

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 24/08/2017

    » Theatre director Bhanbhassa Dhubthien may not be known for novel or subversive interpretations of plays, but she has always worked with good actors, from whom she draws out the kind of nuanced performances we don't often see here in Thailand. She has also worked with texts of varying degrees of difficulty and ripeness. So even when the writing fails, her actors can always steer the production from complete disaster.

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    Touch, move, interact, open up

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 20/07/2017

    » Even when they're about violence, Dujdao Vadhanapakorn's shows always feel inviting. Perhaps it's because of her therapy background (Dujdao is Thailand's first dance movement psychotherapist) that she likes to create the kind of space -- physical and emotional -- that invites you to touch, move, interact or open up.

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    Fundamental, Stick Figures win big

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Theatre artists from 17 productions were nominated this year for the IATC Thailand Dance and Theatre Review, which took place on Tuesday at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). Now in its fifth year, the ceremony is hosted by the International Association of Theatre Critics Thailand Center. The casual and intimate event honours plays, musicals, and movement-based productions by artists residing in Thailand.

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