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Special talk to commemorate 500th anniversary of historic circumnavigation

Published September 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Special talk to commemorate 500th anniversary of historic circumnavigation

Sep 12. 2019
By The Nation

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Five hundred years ago, two sailors — Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano — embarked on a historic voyage, sailing from Seville in Spain and crossing the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the circumnavigation, the embassies of Spain and Portugal in Bangkok, Camoes – Institute for Cooperation and Language, together with The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and with the support of the European Union Delegation in Bangkok, will organise a special talk.

Two specialists from both countries — Prof Dr Maria de Fatima Reis, from the Portuguese Academy of History, and Captain (Navy) Jose Maria Blanco from the Institute of Naval History and Culture of Spain — will speak on the “500th Anniversary of the Circumnavigation of the World by Magellan” and “Elcano: The Impossible Adventure”, on September 24 at 7pm at The Siam Society.

It has been 500 years since the adventure of Magellan and Elcano unexpectedly changed the world. Their discovery slowly became the beginning of the globalisation where everything was more interconnected.

Ferdinand Magellan started to sail westerly from the port of Seville to the Moluccas to open a new spice trade route. After Magellan’s death from a dubious skirmish in the Philippines, Juan Sebastian Elcano took the carrack from the Moluccas to Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain in 1522 and completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Due to this voyage, many changes took place such as the rejection of the flat-earth theory, advances in science, commerce and communication and a renewed flow of people, plants and animals.

Professor de Fatima Reis is the secretary-general of the Portuguese Academy of History and the sub-director of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Lisbon. Having a PhD in Modern History, University of Lisbon, she is a part of the research group on cultural encounters and intersecting societies and uses of the past at the History Centre, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. She is an academic at the Navy Academy.

Captain Jose Maria Blanco, Captain of the Spanish Navy, is a historian who has published many books on the Spanish fleet, including La Diversion de Tolon, La Armada Espanola en la Primera Mitad del Siglo XVIII, and La Armada Espanola en la Segunda Mitad del Siglo XVIII, as well as a correspondent for the Real Academia de la Historia and a frequent collaborator of the Revista General de Marina. He was a professor at the Higher Centre for National Defence Studies.

This event is free. A reception will be held at 6.30pm before the lecture begins. For more information and RSVP, please contact Nichakorn at nichakorn@siam-society.org or call (02) 661 6470-3 ext 305.

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Phuthip’s ‘Imaginary Sanctuary’ explores the nature of truth

Published September 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375978

Phuthip’s ‘Imaginary Sanctuary’ explores the nature of truth

Sep 09. 2019
By The Nation

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A solo exhibition by artist Phuthip Chantaraksa will be held from today (September 7) to September 21 in Yannawa, Bangkok.

Titled “Imagination Sanctuary”, the artist will present six recent oil on canvas works.

“Imagination Sanctuary” is Phuthip Chantaraksa’s latest series of works in which is framed within art writer, Walter Schurian’s emphatic declaration, “A place of imagination is at the edge of truth”, published in his 2005 book entitled; “Arte Fantastico”.

It passionately discusses the notions of ‘truth’ in art and its various levels of acceptance. In this body of work, Phuthip pursues this notion through his reinterpretation of ‘reality’ via his visual constructs, pushing through the comfort zones of psychological familiarity within the human mind.

If the concept of truth is regarded as a human construct, then what is deemed as truth? Are there social perimeters that dictate truth? In “Imagination Sanctuary”, Phuthip investigates the boundaries of this debate via the mechanics of imagination in artmaking. By extension, the works in this exhibition invite viewers to ponder if ‘truth’ lies within the canvas or in the recesses of the human mind.

Forms in his pictorial plane are at times both familiar and foreign, derived from his immediacy of varied brush stroke techniques, capturing the mental state of his execution. Colour also plays an important role in his artmaking and is employed to depict certain notions of ‘truth’ and in particular, bold and bright colours are utilised to activate the ‘imaginative nerves’ of viewers. These conceptual underpinnings manifest themselves into a stylistic form of semi-abstraction that is unique to Phuthip’s art practice.

Stylistically, Phuthip is much informed by the artistic characteristics of American Abstract Expressionism, and in particular, Jackson Pollock’s canonised action paintings. Phuthip is strongly drawn to the manner in which the works are spontaneously produced and seemingly derived from a point of the unconscious. In tandem, Phuthip is also influenced by the Irish-born figurative painter, Francis Bacon, emotionally charged raw imagery and pursuit of ‘movement’ in painting. Both artists are highly influential in Phuthip’s formative years as an emerging artist developing his own voice.

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“Imaginary Sanctuary” is on display at Richard Koh Projects, Unit A, 3rd Floor, N22 Art Warehouse, 2198/10-11 Narathiwas Road Soi 22, Chong Nonsi, Bangkok.

Special event to remember artist Silpa Bhirasri

Published September 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375719

Special event to remember artist Silpa Bhirasri

Sep 02. 2019
By The Nation

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The Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Baan Ajarn Farang (Silpa Bhirasri), Silpa Bhirasri Research Centre, Craftsman Roastery and Dante Alighieri Society Bangkok, has organised a special event titled “Corrado Feroci and Siam – A grumpy Tuscan man in the Land of Smiles”, on September 15 from 11am to 8pm at Baan Ajarn Farang, 153 Rajvidhi Rd, Dusit, Bangkok.

Recognised as the father of modern art in Thailand, the event is to commemorate the great Italian artist Silpa Bhirasri, who was born Corrado Feroci 127 years ago in Tuscan on September 15, 1892.

The organising committee will hold an exhibition and highlight the life of Silpa through storytelling by Italian film director Valerio Morini in collaboration with ML Chittawadi Chitrabongs, Sawet Thesdharma, National Artist, visual arts (sculpture), Songkas Bunyasai, Piemsuk Rhienrungrueang and Wichit Aphichatkriangkrai. There will also be a rendition of Santa Lucia by assistant professor Pongsak Arayangkura. These activities will be held on the second floor of Baan Ajarn Farang from 3pm-5pm.

In addition, international products with food and beverages will be sold at “reasonable prices”. There will also be a zone for children’s activities.

Those interested in displaying/selling their products at the event can call (02) 255 8695 extn 106, or email membership@thaitch.org, or contact Orn at Baan Ajarn Farang via (085) 055 8511.

The Queen Sirikit exhibition: Love requited

Published August 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375261

The Queen Sirikit exhibition: Love requited

Aug 23. 2019
By Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation

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The moving “Power of Love” exhibition opened this week at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn uses the words of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother herself in a most poignant way.

“The people’s love is worth more than anything in this world,” she is quoted as telling well-wishers on her birthday in 1982 at Dusit Palace’s Dusidalai Hall.

At a private preview of the new permanent exhibition, Thanpuying Charungjit Teekara, private secretary to the Queen Mother, spoke of Her Majesty’s devotion to the country and its people.

Museum director Piyavara Teekara Natenoi outlined the purpose and intent of the facility housed in the Ratsadakorn-Bhibhathana Building at the Grand Palace, and curator Alisa Saisavetvaree described the research that went into “The Power of Love”.

On hand were many people who have worked with Her Majesty on various projects, such as clothing designers Tirapan Wannarat and Pichitra Boonyarataphan.

Her Majesty’s dressmaker Noi Kritiporn was present, along with her daughters Preedarat and Jintana, plus models Apasiri Nitibhon and Bussakorn Wongpuapan and floral artist Sakul Intakul.

Piyavara said the exhibition was mounted in time for the Queen Mother’s 87th birthday and takes its title from the area of the show dedicated to the love she shared with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol.

One of his portraits of her is among the wonderful photos lining the walls, others showing the fabulous dresses she’s worn, including an evening gown in silk ikat that the House of Balmain in Paris designed for her in 1985.

More outfits Her Majesty wore while touring the country with the late King are set out in a way that mimicks travel by train, ending with the Thai Ruean Ton dress created in 1975 by Noi Kritiporn, who was looking on cheerfully, age 92.

Noi Kritiporn

Noi Kritiporn

Another stunning outfit is the 21st Infantry Regiment uniform she wore in 1981 while accompanying King Bhumibol as he received pledges of allegiance from the royal guards.

Thus, the exhibition presents history as much as royal culture, each outfit complemented by photos of the event where it was seen. A two-piece ensemble dates to a 2000 dinner reception in Beijing hosted by China’s then-president Jiang Zemin for Her Majesty and Princess Sirindhorn.

Ten years before the quote cited above, on her birthday in 1972, Her Majesty expressed similar emotion for the kindness and affection shown her and her husband by the people, for the power of their love.

“Every time we visit people, we are both fulfilled and profoundly touched by their warm hearts,” she said. “Such first-hand experience has shaped our determination to do everything we can to return the gratitude and benevolence that people have for us and our family.”

“The Power of Love” will occupy Exhibition Halls 1-2 at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles within the Grand Palace into 2022. It’s open daily from 9am-4.30pm, with the last visitors admitted at 3.30.

Admission is Bt150, Bt80 for seniors, Bt50 for students age 12-18 and free for children under 12.

Da Vinci goes digital

Published August 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375122

Da Vinci goes digital

Aug 21. 2019
By The Nation

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The Italian Festival in Thailand is celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci this year with the exhibition “Leonardo Opera Omnia”, a digital showcase of the noted artist’s paintings.

Organised by the Italian Embassy in collaboration with the public broadcaster RaiCom, the show will run from September 4 to October 7 on the third floor of River City Bangkok.

The exhibition consists of 17 of da Vinci’s most prominent masterpieces, reproduced in digital form and in the exact dimensions of the original artworks. They include: “Mona Lisa”, “L’Annunciazione” and the rarely seen “The Last Supper”, the art piece found in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milano.

Thanks to the use of sophisticated digital techniques, the visitor is able to examine and enjoy the great master’s most famous works of art like never before. The backlighting system adjusts the light intensity and the colour temperature, the first time these works have been presented with these enhancements, providing a truly unique experience.

The exhibition is the collaboration of a number of highly regarded professional photographers whose skill in reproducing the artwork in high resolution is evident.

In addition to the exhibition, two lectures will be given by Professor Paolo Euron from the University of Bologna. “Leonardo : Art, science, and the image of the modern human being” take place this Friday (August 23) from 4 to 5.30 pm and the second, “Art and nature in Michelangelo” on Saturday (August 24) from 2 pm to 3.30 pm

Both lectures are in English with Thai translation in Thai. Admission is free but registration is preferred. Log on to Facebook: River City Bangkok.

Plastic not fantastic

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30374970

Plastic not fantastic

Aug 19. 2019
“Jurassic Plastic,” as a part of the exhibition “Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol. 07,” (2018) Takamatsu Art Museum.

“Jurassic Plastic,” as a part of the exhibition “Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol. 07,” (2018) Takamatsu Art Museum.
By The Nation

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Japanese artist, Hiroshi Fuji shines the spotlight on plastic in a new exhibition titled “Jurassic Plastic” opening today at ChangChui Creative Park. Brought to Thailand by the Japan Foundation, Bangkok and running through October 14, “Jurassic Plastic” was originally devised by ArtsPeople and Fuji for the 2018 edition of the Sydney Festival.

ChangChui Creative Park, which was named by Time magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places 2018, was founded by renowned Thai designer Somchai Songwattana and created from discarded materials on the concept of “Nothing is Useless”. Under his guidance, an abandoned area has metamorphosed into a large-scale creative hub in the Thon Buri area.

Born in the same generation as Somchai, Fuji has long been angry at the way products made of plastic have mushroomed in our daily lives since the 1970s. In 1997, he started to keep and collect discarded plastic products and toys at home, resulting in the creation of his long-running project “Kaekko Bazar,” a platform where kids can exchange their unwanted toys with the other second-hand toys.

Through the project, Fuji has learned that while attractive second-hand toys are always immediately taken by kids, broken plastic toys and bonus toys distributed by fast-food chains are left and un-exchanged. Fuji has now collected more than 50,000 of these unwanted toys, mostly made of plastic, and says that it is just the tip of the iceberg. Fuji stresses that over-produced and consumed plastic products are thrown away in terrifying large quantities. They flow into rivers by floods and spread widely in the ocean, which causes a great negative impact on marine life.

In “Jurassic Plastic,” Fuji will create a dazzling large-scale installation and sculptures of dinosaurs and animals using unwanted plastic toys collected from both Japan and Thailand.

A series of workshops for both kids and grown-ups will be conducted throughout the exhibition. The organisers also welcome donations of unwanted toys, which will be used for the exhibition. Supporters can either bring them or send them by mail to ChangChui Creative Park, 460/8 Sirhindhon Road, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Find out more at Facebook.com/ChangChuiBKK/

SACCICT highlights Thai craftsmanship through digital archive

Published August 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30374858

SACCICT highlights Thai craftsmanship through digital archive

Aug 16. 2019
By The Nation

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The Suppport Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) is promoting Thailand as the Southeast Asian hub of knowledge in arts and crafts through the Arts & Crafts Knowledge Centre, which incorporates a digital search system dubbed the SACICT Archive.

Amphawan Pichalai, director of the SACICT, recently underlined SACICT’s commitment to conserving, continuing and building on Thai arts and crafts as well collecting knowledge, wisdom and adding to the value of Thai craftsmanship by modernizing it so it is more contemporary and suitable for everyday life.

“The SACICT Arts and Crafts Knowledge Centre is provides the full range of knowledge in arts and crafts through experiences from SACICT’s exhibition halls, library and shops, as well as through modern technology platforms using a digital arts and crafts search system. The Centre is the best source of knowledge about handicrafts in Thailand and in the region and allows Thais from every sector to participate in and access information. The one-stop service includes an Exhibition Venue with six exhibition halls, namely the Arts and Crafts Hall, the Hall of Fame, the Suphanpat Hall, the International Handicraft Hall, the Nawatsilp Hall and the Khon Hall. The story of how Royal activities to promote arts and crafts in Thailand started is told and visitors are given a chance to experience precious products selected by SACICT,” she explains.

“The SACICT Shop will showcase creative and inspirational handicraft products and artworks; the SACICT Library provides information on Thai arts and crafts through books, journals, publications and video media, while the SACICT Archive offers a comprehensive digital search from a database of crafts and artworks created by master artisans of Thailand, masters of craftsmanship, handicraft heirs and designers. Such information is valuable for education, research and historical reference. There are books and video media on arts and crafts that SACICT has prepared for communities and the general public to use for research from anywhere in the world.

“Currently, SACICT has more than 600 media and provides information and knowledge on 5 categories, namely Thai master artisans and heirs, Thai handicrafts, arts and crafts villages, local museums and publications/videos.”

The SACICT Archive is a system and database based on the national strategy which requires integration of in-depth information and Big Data. Data analytics can be effectively applied to satisfy the needs of each sector, starting from students who will appreciate the value of Thai arts and crafts and find them beneficial to their study and research, leading to the continuation and sustainability of Thai craftsmanship as well as turning the knowledge into new art and craft products.

Meanwhile art and craft producers, both the villagers and the communities, will be able to apply the knowledge for self-development and to their products, which will help create opportunities and networks, generate income and reduce inequality.

Consumers and the general public too will have better access to the arts and crafts that meet their needs in everyday life, thus supporting handicraft products and strengthening income distribution.

Government agencies can utilise the Big Data for the country development and give support and assistance to the public sector, while investors and entrepreneurs looking for business opportunities in arts and crafts can use the information to their advantage in competing in Thai handicraft markets both domestically and internationally.

To access the archive, visit SACICT.or.th and click the SACICT Archive icon,

The SACICT Arts & Crafts Knowledge Centre is located within the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand in Bang Sai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. It’s open daily from 8am to 5pm and admission is free. For more information, call 1289.

Japanese artist toys with notion of gravity

Published August 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30374821

Japanese artist toys with notion of gravity

Aug 15. 2019
By The Nation

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Japanese artist Takanobu Kobayashi explores the notion of balance and gravity in his exhibition “Balance”, which runs from August 15 to November 3 at 100 Tonson Gallery.

Inspired by his residency programme at the gallery – when he opened his studio so visitors could observe the process of him creating his works and share ideas – Kobayashi uses the word “balance” to suggest a disruption of reality around him.

In an effort to depict the quiet multitude of forest, the artist places toy blocks on a grass plane to create a kind of visual equilibrium, which at a distance appear normal but on closer inspection seem to be fighting against gravity. The artist says his aim is to point out the obvious fictional realm within a canvas, while maintaining the realistic attributes of an object

The 59-year-old is considered one of the most influential contemporary Japanese painters, and his work has been included in many major surveys and exhibitions around the world. Kobayashi is known for his serene, luminous landscapes, with his sunlight-flooded canvases invoking spiritual experiences as well as reflecting commentary of his surroundings.

The exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation on Bangkok. 100 Tonson Gallery is open from 11am to 7pm from Thursday to Sunday.

Contact info@100tonsongallery.com or call (02) 510 5813 for more information.

When the old meets the new

Published August 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30374726

When the old meets the new

Aug 14. 2019
By Special to The Nation

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Li Yugang’s celebrated song and dance production “Lady Zhaojun” is all set to take audiences on a journey deep into Chinese culture in October 5 and 6 as part of the upcoming Bangkok’s 21st International Festival of Dance and Music.

The award winning Li Yugang offers a contemporary interpretation of this classic story through a performance featuring 70 dancers, singers and actors. The show premiered in Beijing in April, and is being staged outside China for the first time in Bangkok. Featuring elaborate sets and stunning costumes, it connects the enigmatic orient of the past and its traditions to the 21st century, drawing deeply on the traditions of Chinese opera, folk music and drama while energising it with newer innovations.

This poetic song-dance drama benefits from the talent of renowned masters like Oscar award winner for Best Arts Design Award and Best Arts Director Ye Jintian; Taiwan’s “Dark genius” and nationally-honoured recipient of the “Five Best” Project Award drama director Li Xiaoping; Liu Xingli who is vice president of the China’s Academy of the Performing Arts and professor at the Central Academy of Drama; and young composer Zhang Xiaozhen.

The production traces the path of Lady or Wang Zhaojun as she devotes herself to ensuring lasting peace between the Han dynasty and Xiongnu empire: Wang Zhaojun is forced to depart for the grasslands at the northern border in a diplomatic marriage between the Han state and the Xiongnus (Huns). The narrative follows Zhaojun’s courageous pursuit of self and peace between nations.

The creative team uses dramatic techniques to interweave chronological narrative with flashbacks, focusing on a surprising plot and characterisations to present a multifaceted, moving story of Wang Zhaojun from the moment she enters the Han Imperial Palace as a concubine to the Emperor, to when she becomes the legendary “Mother of the Grassland”.

In the hands of Li Yugang, this story turns into a masterpiece. Li Yugang has performed several times in Australia, Austria, Canada, Republic of Korea, United States and Canada. His other critically-acclaimed stage productions include “Flower in the Mirror, Moon in the Water and Portrait of Four Ancient Beauties”. He is also famous for his musical concerts and has staged several in China including: “Where Flower are Unboundeds, Forever Young”, “Nichang in the Tang Dynasty, Li Yugang and His Friends”, and “Classical Performances for the Past Decade”. The last concert was also staged in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Among his other credits are 14 music albums and several literary works.

This production, a commissioned work for the 19th Beijing Arts Festival, is a pioneering attempt at analysing, interpreting, and presenting the historical Wang Zhaojun and her journey. Li Yugang immerses himself in the mountains and rivers along her path, in the regional local traditions and customs as he retells the long journey to the frontier.

Tickets costing from Bt1,500 to Bt4,500 are on sale at Thai Ticket Major counters, online at www.ThaiTicketMajor.comand by calling (02) 262 3191. Find out more at www.BangkokFestivals.com.

Supporting the Festival are Bangkok Bank (PCL), Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, BMW Thailand, B.Grimm Group, Indorama Ventures, Major Cineplex Group, Nation Group,

PTT (PCL), PTT Global Chemical PCL, Singha Corporation, Thai Union Group, Thai Airways International, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Ministry of Culture

Flights of aesthetic fancy

Published August 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30374723

Flights of aesthetic fancy

Aug 14. 2019
By The Nation

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A combination of acrobatics, theatre, dance and music, “La Verita” by Compagnia Finzi Pasca from Switzerland is a dramatic and surrealistic performance that is guaranteed to wow audiences at Bangkok’s 21st International Festival of Dance and Music.

Being staged on September 21 and 22 at the Thailand Cultural Centre, “La Verita” is an electrifying extravaganza of lighting, amazing costumes and breath-taking acrobatics performed by a troupe of multi- talented singers, dancers and, of course, acrobats.

Founded by Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Hugo Gargiulo, Julie Hamelin Finzi and Maria Bonzanigo, the troupe continues the work of the Teatro Sunil and Inlevitas. The distinctive approach of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca took shape from the concepts of the “Theatre of the Caress” and the “Invisible Gesture”. Developed over the course of 35 years, these concepts have been consolidated into a very personal style of creativity and production, as well as a philosophy of training for the actor, acrobat, musician, dancer and technician – turning them into a unique way of inhabiting the space.

Based in Lugano, Switzerland, the company has created three Olympic Ceremonies (Turin 2006 and Sochi 2014, both Olympic and Paralympic Games), two shows for the Cirque du Soleil: Luzia in 2016 and Corteo in 2005, five operas of which “Aida” and Verdi’s “Requiem” are officially part of the Mariinsky Theatre at St Petersburg yearly programme, as well as the operas “Carmen” and “Pagliacci” at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and “Love from Afar” for the English National Opera, London. It has also created “Avudo”, a multimedia show that combines video mapping, lights and water fountains for the city of Montreal and is in the process of creating the next “Fete des Vignerons” (“Winegrowers Festival”), an event that takes place every 25 years in Vevey, Switzerland.

La Verita draws on surrealism and the director Daniele Finzi Pasca uses the analogy of horses to describe the cast and their work, “I have been working for a while with these very special performers. They are all horses. There is a strange magnetism to them, a delicate strength that comes from their lightness. You keep asking whether they are actors, acrobats, clowns or musicians… The answer is, they are horses.”

He turns to food however to expand on what La Verita means, “Sometimes, we feel like finding the familiar flavours, smells and spices. For this production, the team is preparing Dalí’s surrealist tapas,” alluding to Salvador Dali’s backdrop for a play in 1940s that inspired this performance.

“The language of acrobatics, of physical theatre may easily conquer a territory where it is neither night nor day, where light doesn’t touch reality but designs it, invents it or reinvents it. The language of the acrobats titillates our unconscious, making us see inner landscapes that appear truer than reality. Dali’s landscapes are set during night or day? The answer: neither, Dali’s images belong to another dimension, the dimension of dreams, he adds”

Tickets costing from Bt1,200 to Bt3,000 are on sales at Thai Ticket Major counters and online. Call (02) 262 3191. For more information, visit www.bangkokfestivals.com.

Supporting the Festival are Bangkok Bank (PCL), Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, BMW Thailand, B.Grimm Group, Indorama Ventures, Major Cineplex Group, Nation Group, PTT (PCL), PTT Global Chemical PCL, Singha Corporation, Thai Union Group, Thai Airways International, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Ministry of Culture

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