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Dance review: Heady, thought-provoking display of why men play like they do

Published on Jun 18, 2014 12:02 PM
Nay Nai, a dance performance conceptualised by Thai dancerchoreographer Pichet Klunchuni, styled as a high-energy reality television competition, with four dancers and four segments. -- PHOTO: NATTAPOL MEECHART

Dripping with heady testosterone, Pichet Klunchun's latest creation, Nay Nai, is a thought-provoking display of aggressive physicality and stunning control.

The dancer-choreographer who is best known for his boundary-breaking contemporary take on the classical Thai masked dance drama, Khon, delves into the unique world of gentlemen-in-waiting who served in the royal court of Thailand in the early 20th century.

To the melodic lilt of a piano, the audience is compelled to observe the lit stage, punctuated by four rope-entwined poles and four pairs of lace-up boots. This tuning of the senses allows for a heightened awareness to the on-stage action that is to take place.

Four dancers, including Klunchun himself, enter with transparent plastic costumes on hangers which are lit by neon fluorescent tubes from within. These colourful costumes are raised like flags, so they preside over the subsequent friendly taunting and act as a reminder of why the men play like they do.

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