Bangkok Post reviews
Dance comes to life
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: January 24, 2014 at 8:34 am
18 Monkeys And Ganesh will be staged at Le Meridien Bangkok on Jan 28-29 at 6.30pm.
Director and choreographer Jitti Chompee and his 18 Monkeys contemporary dance theatre are offering a passionate interpretation of the monkey characters in Ramakien in a new production to be staged next week.
18 Monkeys And Ganesh will blend Western and Thai classical khon dancing into a new combination of contemporary dance and theatre to pay tribute to the most famous Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.
It will be performed by an array of professional khon artists, dancers and theatre actors who will use their skills to recount the story of monkey Kasorntamala and demon Mungornkan in the epic Ramakien.
As Rama's soldier, Kasorntamala has to be loyal to his duty even though it means him fighting with Mungornkan, with whom he has taken an oath to be best friends for life. This dilemma leads to Kasorntamala's great sacrifice in conducting the battle by Rama's side, but in the end throwing himself into Rama's arrow to receive the deadly blow together with Mungornkan.
The new production, however, will provide the audience a new reading into Kasonrtamala's dilemma between duty and friendship.
Only two rounds of 18 Monkeys And Ganesh will be staged in the Grand Atelier Room of Le Meridien Bangkok, Surawong Road, on Jan 28 and 29 at 6.30pm. The production will be touring Argentina at Complejo Teatrel De Buenos Aires in May. Proceeds from the Bangkok shows will be used toward making this cross-cultural project a reality.
Tickets cost 800 baht, plus a special discount on drinks at Bamboo Chic bar.
For bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02-232-8825 or 081-814-3304.