• Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry
  • Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry
  • Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry
  • Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry
  • Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry
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  • Nation/Phatarawadee Phataranawik
  • Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry

Khon troupe dazzles at Sydney Opera House

Art August 29, 2017 09:35

By PHATARAWADEE PHATARANAWIK 
THE Nation
Sydney

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A TROUPE of 56 Khon mask dancers last night performed at the Sydney Opera House, two years after gaining international fame at London’s Royal Albert Hall.



The show is part of a one-week cultural trip organised by the ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs to celebrate the 84th birthday of HM Queen Sirikit and the 65-year relationship between Thailand and Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimaprakorn is in Australia.

There is also a Queen Sirikit exhibition. The Queen has championed Khon as a high art form for more than five decades.

“By using our rich culture, we hope to strengthen relations in the fields of politics, economics and investment [between the two countries],” Thanasak said. 

Sydney-based German Harald Arands said: "The show was very exciting. I have been to Bangkok before and love Thai culture. 

“But I have not seen Khon before. Bringing a Khon performance to Sydney is extraordinary. It's an amazing show. The costumes and the dances are fantastic.”