Pichet Klunchun

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Thai mask dance

Pichet Klunshun - a respected Thai performer, choreographer - combnes classical and modern dance styles. As a young devoted dancer, he tries to make Thai dance interesting for the new generation.
Pichet Klunshun is a performer, choreographer and director of performances in classical as well as modern style.

Klunchun adapts the traditional way of Thai classical dance to the contemporary style while keeping to the heart of tradition.

Pichet Klunchun´s Khon dance performances have captivating sequences due to their unhurried, deliberated movements and precise stances. The intensity, concentration and meditation of each movement and step taken demonstrate his exceptional skill as a Khon dancer.

During the last years he has participated in many intercultural programs as a representative for classical Thai dance, which he teaches at Prasanmit University.
Author: Karin Bergquist

Bio

Born in 1971, Thailand.

Bachelor of Arts at The Faculty of Fine Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

From the age of 16 he was formed within the classical Thai mask dance, Khon, by one of Thailand´s best Khon-masters, Chaiyot Khummanee.

After graduating he did a lot of theater work both as dancer and choreographer at ligh-profiled occastions like the opening and closing ceremonies of Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998 and the 1999 Bangkok Sound and Light Show, The River of King 1; and The River of King 2 in 2001.

In recent times, he has participated in several intercultural performing arts programs as a representative Thai classical dance artist and in 2000 was part of the Flying Circus Project with Ong Keng Sen in Singapore. In 2001 he was a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council in US.

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Images of Asia

(08 August 03 - 26 September 03)

Asian Comments

(19 September 02 - 21 September 02)