Ask any local fan of dance and theatre the last time he or she enjoyed an evening of sheer marvel at Thailand Cultural Centre, and the answer will almost certainly be Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu “Rameau’s Bossa Fataka”, which closed out
The good news is that the 2009 edition of the French-Thai cultural festival is set to pick up where it left off, with another equally inspiring performance “
Although the legendary director Philippe Genty, now 71 years old, has been partly influenced by Japanese large-sized puppets known as bunraku, he also blends in dance, theatre, and images. These include some sexual references that have tagged the performance as “not suitable for children” in some countries. The photos may suggest puppet theatre, but “
In an interview with Time Out Sydney, Genty explained his creation process, “In ‘
“When I am working with the crew, Mary [Genty's wife and longtime collaborator] and I won't give them the whole structure. We might give them the theme of one scene and then invite them to experiment with the material. When I am writing I create raw material that often doesn't work as I want it to, so you have to be flexible and see where it leads you. It's like if you were sailing from
Even with seven tonnes of equipments for the widest set in the company’s history, including sliding panels that create various perspectives for the audience, “
“What interest me are not the ideas of human beings in conflict with one another that dominate most drama. What excite me are the vast territories within each person—individuals facing their own internal conflicts and trying to make peace with their monsters.”
In fact, Genty leaves the performance wide open to interpretation. The French master told Citysearch Canberra, “It's not like we are telling them a story; it's a sort of interrelation between what is happening on stage and in the heads of the audience. Very often a spectator is confronted with an enigma and has to find their own answers.”
written by Pawit Mahasarinand
published in DAILY XPRESS on Monday, June 1, 2009
photos courtesy of La Fête
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