by Pichet klunchun
Nijinsky Siam นิจิสกี้ สยาม by Pichet Klunchun
Performed: Pichetklunchun Dance Company Dancers
Choreographer/Artistic Director/Set Designer: Pichet Klunchun
Lighting Designer: Jirach, Eaimsa-Ard
Producer: Tang Fu Kuen
Original Song: Alte Weise, Op. 89_2 composed by Christian Sinding
Historical Researchers of Production: Sylvie Dancre and Philippe de Lustrac
Original Cast: Sunon Wachirawarakarn, Padung Jumpan, Pichet Klunchun, Kornkarn Rungsawang
co-production between the Singapore Arts Festival and Theater der Welt 2010
supported by Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen.
World Premiere: -
Vaslav Nijinsky, the dance maverick of the legendary Ballet Russes, performed 'Danse Siamoise' in the Paris Opera. Exactly 100 years later, Pichet Klunchun, the celebrated Thai dancer, incarnates this forgotten solo dance.
Through careful research, Pichet animates the poses and movement from archival documents on Nijinsky. His version features the original score by composer Christian Sinding, first conducted by Stravinsky.
It also recalls the images of the first Thai classical dance troupe that toured Europe in 1900 and deeply impressed many artists, including Diaghilev who founded the Ballet Russes.
The historical encounter with Thai classical dance was thus part of the art movement called ‘Orientalism’ which rippled across film, visual arts, and other art forms.
Pichet summons Nijinsky back on stage by means of paintings, photographs and traditional huge puppets called 'nang yai'. He invites us to perceive the acts of ‘reconstruction’, ‘reinterpretation’ and ‘reinvention’ of cultures.
A sensitive dance dialogue unfolds between both artists - one dead and the other alive. Between shadow and light, life and vitality are re-imagined.