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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.


    The trap of trust

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 27/07/2017

    » We often get to see the intersection of the spiritual and the worldly realms in Nikorn Saetang's plays. Buddhist and animist beliefs also play a major role in his work. The spirits of a Japanese soldier and a pining woman walk among the living in search of their loved ones in Rai Pamnak (Where Should I Lay My Soul?). An adult-size baby forces himself into a family whose daughter is hiding her abortion from everyone in Tarok Jokapred (Perverted Baby). A man reincarnates over and over again and refuses to forget his past lives and his family in Kerd-Dub (Reincarnate).


    From the inside, out

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 18/09/2014

    » Sasapin Siriwanij stood defiant in the rain. In front of her was the shallow circular pool of Pridi Banomyong Institute courtyard, surrounded by shoes — boots, heels, flip-flops, sandals, trainers, flats, pumps. The actress was clad in a blood-red dress, her head crowned with a wig of the same shade. On top of the wig was a flimsy structure from which she slowly unfurled a scroll containing a collage of texts, in Thai and English — poems, song lyrics, official guides, government propaganda and campaigns — on beauty, especially female beauty. As she read the words, Sasapin went around the pool, placing her feet inside all the mismatched shoes. Her struggle was apparent, but it only made her actions and voice more defiant. She even fell into the pool, only to get up and continue her act until the end.


    Setting the stage for change

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 18/12/2013

    » As more and more people fall victim to Thailand's censorship laws _ and as the political divide deepens _ the local theatre scene continues to flourish. It is easily the artistic field least supported by the state, and receives little to no corporate sponsorship. As a result, theatre artists have mostly escaped the state censors' radar _ compared to, say, film _ and are mainly free from creating work to fulfil nationalistic, ultra-royalist agendas in order to obtain funding. Thus, theatre is probably the most politically minded among all forms of artistic and cultural expression in Thailand.

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