Pichet Klunchun dancer, choreographer – Puttpong Wongsawang video director – TheatreWorks Singapore interview video clip
Since he was 16 years old, Pichet Klunchun has studied Khon, a traditional Thai mask dance, under Chaiyot Khummanee, one of the big names of the genre. Today he’s a choreographer and dancer with a worldwide reputation. Pichet created this show in 2005 in homage to his mentor, who had died 3 years before. It deals with the intergenerational transmission of the art of the Khon dance and the relationship between master and disciple in daily life, following up on a question the artist asked himself: “What should you do to perfectly embody the character of a demon?” The young man devotes himself to a real exercise in the deconstruction of the syntax of the Khon dance, approaching the technique step by step, followed by the emotions of a demon.
I am a demon is the outcome, dazzling with colours, sensuality and life.
Pichet Klunchun studied Traditional Thai Dance at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and subsequently worked as a dancer and choreographer before being invited to participate in most major events in this field. After a few years he took his first steps in the world of contemporary dance. In his home country he is universally acclaimed for his efforts to bring together khon and contemporary dance.