by Pichet Klunchun
Performed: Pichet Klunchun Dance Company
“No.60 Demonstration” at Sodsai Pantoomkomol Center for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University: July 3, 2020.
Pichet Klunchun Dance Company and the Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University hosted the demonstration of Pichet Klunchun’s “No.60” principle.
“No.60” is an illustrated text that sums up two decades of Pichet Klunchun’s research on Thailand’s classical dance. Pichet’s text concentrates on the core dance movements and poses of classical dance. He examined the fundamental set of 59 interconnected poses and movements in classical dance known as “Mae Bot Yai” in Thai or as “Theppanom,” the name for the first pose. They form the basic repertoire that all Thai classical dancers learn. His examination led him to discover six key “elements” which structure the whole set of movements in this fundamental repertoire. “No. 60” includes copies of Pichet’s hand-drawn diagrams of the 59 movements and poses, along with his notes to help the young generation see and understand the whole system of movement central to classical Thai dance without relying on mysticism, myth, or ideology.
No. 60 consists of two choreographic studies that embody Pichet’s thought on relativity and fluidity in dance. The first study is written in clear, contemporary language, while the second is closer to the expressive nature of classical dance, focusing more on its symbols and feeling. Both studies identify key features of classical Thai dance movement and show the value of rigorously examining its core “elements” as well its potential contributions to improvisation in contemporary dance