Chicken dance with a difference

Here's a dance production that doesn't look like a dance production, at least according to choreographer Pichet Klunchun.

Tam Kai , the latest production from Pichet Klunchun Dance Company, will be staged at Chang Theatre tomorrow and Oct 5-6 at 7.30pm.

He says when Pichet Klunchun Dance Company presents Tam Kai (Hunting the Chicken) at Chang Theatre tomorrow, the performers will be free from traditional mindsets and forms, allowing them creative expression over their bodies and minds.

During the hour-long show, audiences can expect the dancers to respond to the music of Kraw Nai Tang Tawada as played by master Boonyoung Katkong, a master of the ranad ek (alto xylophone). The one-of-a-kind show features the dancers performing solos in succession, while trying to relate their movements to the music.

Kraw Nai features two classical tunes played during a theatrical performance or a ceremony. It's typically performed by a ranad ek soloist to show his skill, experience, intelligence and creativity.

Here, the fast and complicated music challenges the dancers to move in creative ways. It marks the first time this piece of music has been used in a dance performance.

Tam Kai began as an experiment to see whether dancers could synchronise their movements with the melody. After that was achieved, they were challenged to communicate with each other through movements, and to reflect on situations or stories while performing.

The production will later tour seven cities in the Netherlands.

Apart from tomorrow's show, Tam Kai will be staged on Oct 5-6. The performances start at 7.30pm. Chang Theatre is in Pracha Uthit Soi 59. Tickets cost 500 baht (300 baht for students).

Call 080-924-0002.