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    Pearls of wisdom

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 22/05/2019

    » Nana Dakin is a familiar name on the Thai theatre scene. The member of B-floor Theatre is known for her intelligent and sensitive pieces of physical theatre that deal with such issues as identity, migration and violence.

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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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    Something in the air

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 08/06/2017

    » When Phia Ménard and her company Non Nova first came to Thailand in 2011 with P.P.P., they were playing with ice. This time, they are playing with wind. As part of La Fête, Non Nova is presenting L'Après-midi D'Un Foehn, a ballet of plastic bags set to Claude Debussy's composition of the same title, and Vortex, a performance exploring identity and transformation. The two shows continue today and tomorrow at the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

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    A slow death

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 03/08/2017

    » When Tassakorn Seepuan staged his adaptation of the Greek film Dogtooth at Take-off Festival 2015, a curated platform that showcases work by new graduates, he impressed with strong choreography and clever handling of taboo political topics.

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    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).

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    Asserting the female voice

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 19/01/2017

    » Tonya Pinkins was one of the first actresses to ever perform Eve Ensler's seminal The Vagina Monologues, a theatre work in which women read out a number of monologues regarding female experience. In 1999, Pinkins starred alongside Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire) and Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Nashville) in the original off-Broadway production at the Westside Theater. The cast grew to 100 actresses over the course of that year, with three actresses per performance.

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    Casualties of war

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 18/06/2015

    » When we watch Thanapol Virulhakul's conceptual contemporary dance work, we are never only a member of the audience. We are witnesses to, sometimes even implicit in, the transgressions that are being played out on the stage — transgressions that are often masked in seemingly neutral and harmless images.

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    Freedom of the stage

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 22/05/2015

    » Ornanong ThaisriwongPerformer, director | B-Floor TheatreRecent work: Bang La MerdUp next: See Wan Nai Deun Kanya (Four Days In September)

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    Thailand in a room

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 05/02/2015

    » None of us own Bang-La-Merd, but we are all living in it. In Bang-La-Merd, you must be careful not to use the words "freedom" and "rights". The term "human rights" is especially sensitive and most likely prohibited, and in circumstances relating to the sacred, absolutely irrelevant. In Bang-La-Merd, it is advisable to not criticise all that you love and uphold for it is illegal to criticise those whom you must love and uphold. 

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    Gruesome torture relived with both barrels

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 06/11/2014

    » Almost right after I watched Teerawat "Kage" Mulvilai's solo performance Satapana: Iceberg, I came across Chinese artist Liu Bolin's Hiding In The City performance/photographic series in a book entitled Liu Bolin.

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