He and Him

The premise of Pichet Klunchun and Myself sounds kinda like a sitcom: Two strangers from disparate cultures, brought together by an unseen Fringe Festival curator, try to build a metaphorical bridge between themselves using dance. Unlike most situation comedies, this is based on real events. Back in 2005, Singaporean curator Tang Fu Kuen commissioned French conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel to craft an original work for Bangkok’s Fringe Festival. Bel teamed up with traditional Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun to create a theatrical documentary of their efforts to understand each other’s art form, and the result is an organic reflection of the place, time, obstacles, and connections they encountered. Bel and Klunchun’s stage production employs an energetic combination of movement and speech to investigate the humanity of their differences as well as the larger notions of Eurocentrism, multiculturalism, and globalization. We’re going to pitch it to the networks as Laverne and Shirley meets Perfect Strangers meets Merce Cunningham.
Tue., March 3, 8 p.m., 2009

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