Arts On Location presents Khon Workshop 2012

Arts on Location is delighted to announced that the application is now open. Designed for artists who have little or no knowledge of Thai theatre, this workshop is a skill-developing as well as a cultural programme aiming at performance artists and theatre practitioners, who have a strong interest in gaining good grounding and insightful knowledge in the art of Khon within its cultural environment, and context.

About Khon
Khon is one of the most influential traditional performing arts of Thailand and has survived to this very day side by side with a variety of other traditional Eastern theatre practices, such as Noh theatre, Beijing Opera and Kathakali drama. These Eastern theatre traditions have inspired many internationally renowned artists such as Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine and Eugenio Barba to develop their own unique style and innovative theatrical vocabulary at an international level.

About the Programme

The programme, trained by Masters Julachart, and Master Pattanapong from
The College of Dramatic Arts, is consisted of physical work based on two main masked characters, the Demon (Yak), and the Monkey (Ling). Participants will learn the Khon warm ups, the core choreography (Mae Tha), language gestures, the movement characteristics, and the combat choreography. There will be a day visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to see the infamous wall painting of Ramayana Epic. The workshop will end with a short presentation, when the participants will experience performing Khon in full costumes and masks.

Suitable for Theatre/ performance art practitioners, namely dancers, actors, physical theatre performers, directors, choreographers and drama/performance Students (Undergraduates & Postgraduates)

Date: 17-21 December 2012

Fees: 8,000 Bhts ( about 160 GBPs, 200 Euros, 260 USDs.)
Please note that the entrance fees to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is not included.

Minimum number of participants: 10

To apply, please send in your CV, and a letter with your statement of intention to
application@artsonlocation.net

Deadline for application 16 November, 2012

Traditional Mask Workshop Bangkok, Thailand, December 2011

Khon (Thai Traditional Mask Dance Theatre) Workshop for International
Artists Bangkok, 2011

After the successful launch of "Khon (Thai Mask Dance Theatre) Workshop for
International Artists" in 2009, Arts on Location is delighted to announced
that the programme will take place again in December 2011 in Bangkok at the
prestigious College of Dramatic Arts.

The application is now open for artists from all parts of the world to take
part in the 5 day Intensive Khon Workshop, led by the great and nationally
renowned masters of the College of Dramatic Arts, Bangkok. Designed for
artists who have little or no knowledge of Thai theatre, this workshop is a
skill-developing as well as a cultural programme aiming at performance
artists and theatre practitioners, who have a strong interest in gaining
good grounding and insightful knowledge in the art of Khon within its
cultural environment, and context. .

Suitable for Theatre/ performance art practitioners, namely dancers,
actors, physical theatre performers, directors, choreographers and
drama/performance Students (Undergraduates & Postgraduates)

Arts on Location has organised this workshop in Bangkok for participants,
who wish to experience and train in this traditional theatre form "on
location", in order to discover the cultural context and environment in
which this theatre practice was born and developed. Arts on Location's
anthropological approach aims at providing not only a high quality theatre
workshop but a well-rounded cultural experience as well.

Date: December 19-23, 2011

Fees: 7,600 Bhts ( about 150 GBPs, 160 Euros, 240 USDs.) excl. of travels
and accomodation

To Apply, please send your cv and a cover letter about your reasons to take
part in the programme to: application@artsonlocation.net Please also state
5 consecutive dates in December which are most suitable for you to attend
the workshop.

For More information, visit www.artsonlocation.net or email us on:
info@artsonlocation.net

Thailand's Creative Economy

Thailand's Creative Economy
Bangkok Post, 10/26/09

"The 'creative economy' has recently become a much-used buzzword in discussing Thailand's development. But how many of the country's 68 million people really know what it means? How can the creative economy benefit Thailand? And what will the government do to support its growth?

Dusit Nontanakorn, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the government must first clearly define what the creative economy is before it can move ahead with any related programs or initiatives.

'Today, anyone who uses the phrase "creative economy" sounds cool, but without a thorough understanding of its meaning it is nothing but a useless term,' he said. 'What we need is mutual understanding. Once we have that we will be mutually aware of how the creative economy can be developed, whether it be for a new product launch, a rebranding, or new production process relative to culture, food, or spas.'

The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (Unctad) defines 'creative economy' in its Creative Economy Report 2008 as an evolving concept based on creative assets potentially generating economic growth and development:

– It can foster income generation, job creation, and export earnings while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development;

– It embraces economic, cultural and social aspects interacting with technology, intellectual property, and tourism objectives;

– It is a set of knowledge-based economic activities with a development dimension and cross-cutting linkages at macro and micro levels to the overall economy;

– It is a feasible development option calling for innovative multidisciplinary policy responses and interministerial action; and

– Creative industries lie at the heart of the creative economy."

To read the rest of the article, please visit the Bangkok Post website.