Pichet Klunchun and Myself is a clever theatrical presentation of an encounter between two dancers from very different traditions who know nothing about each other, who have very different aesthetical practices and who both try to know more about the other, and above all about their respective artistic practices, despite the abyssal cultural gap dividing them.
The piece stages the meeting between the French choreographer Jérôme Bel and traditional Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun, a master of “Khon,” a Thai classical dance practice. Jérôme Bel simply has a conversation with Pichet Klunchun, about their work, the world and life. Through a lively mixture of physical demonstration and spirited verbal debate, the piece documents Bel and Klunchun’s lucid, humorous quest for understanding one another. During the piece, both try to find out more about each other, and above all about their respective artistic practices. They present a theatrical report of their original meeting, which evolves into meditations on inter-culturalism, and cultural globalization.
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