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  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    A play with the audience

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 10/12/2015

    » In the painting The Treachery Of Images by surrealist René Magritte, there is the text, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe". But in a new performance by B-Floor's co-artistic director Jarunun Phantachat, she calls it Ceci N'est Pas La Politique (This Is Not Politics). This may well be a treacherous title too, considering how politically outspoken B-Floor has been, with Manoland by Teerawat Mulvilai in October and other performances over the year.

  • LIFE

    From clam to crab governments

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 14/12/2015

    » From the Tanin Kraivixien government following the massacre of Oct 6, 1976, the premiership of Gen Prem Tinsulanonda in the 80s, the post-economic crisis time of Chuan Leekpai up to the politically turbulent times of Thaksin Shinawatra, Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra -- few have witnessed the history of Thai contemporary politics as closely as Somlak Songsamphant. 

  • OPINION

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/02/2016

    » I wonder if People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters must, in one way or another, take responsibility for where we are now as a country, nearly two years under the military regime. This is if you care to look at the situation, out of curiosity and an attempt at straightforward reasoning, rather than vengefulness.

  • LIFE

    The future, in reverse

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/06/2016

    » On the surface, artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul's video of a night journey through a temple doesn't seem to be in dialogue with photographs of Sakhalin island by Japanese Tomoko Yoneda. Nor does there seem to be any connection between Field Recordings' video work documenting migrant workers on the banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River and MAP Office's incredibly detailed imaginary map of "future Hong Kong".

  • LIFE

    Stage whispers

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/05/2015

    » The artistic career of Thanapol Virulhakul, director of the critically acclaimed contemporary dance performance Hipster The King, is a work-in-progress. It started out with a thesis project at Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, in which he made Buddhist amulets out of chocolate, sold them on the street and filmed reactions of passers-by and amulet experts.

  • LIFE

    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."

  • LIFE

    All the king's men: Naii Nai staged as The Gentlemen

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/01/2015

    » Unfortunately, Pichet Klunchun will not appear onstage in a reproduction of his dance performance Naii Nai which begins tomorrow at Chulalongkorn University's Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre of Dramatic Arts. Other changes from last year's staging in Singapore with TheatreWorks include the title, which has changed to The Gentlemen, and the performance's narrative, which has been rendered more conventional.

  • LIFE

    Message on a bottle

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 11/09/2014

    » In 2008, Barack Obama wrote in a letter: "Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign. I am privileged to be a part of your artwork and proud to have your support. I wish you continued success and creativity."

  • LIFE

    Remaking the scene

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 21/12/2016

    » It has been a busy year for the Thai art scene, with well-known artists taking turns treating Bangkok viewers to their latest works, new galleries welcomed and old ones closing down, and politics remaining deeply embedded in artistic expression.

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