Hidden borderlines and possession

lifestyle July 13, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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“Pratthana A Portrait of Possession” – a collaboration between Thai novelist Uthis Haemamool and Toshiki Okada, writer/director of Japanese theatre troupe chelfitsch - is coming to the stage of the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts at Chulalongkorn University next month with the assistance of the Japan Foundation.



Okada was deeply moved by the concept of “Silhouette of Desire” (”Rang Khong Pratthana”) Uthis’ latest novel and contacted the author to propose a stage adaptation.

Within Uthis’s novel lie hidden borderlines between the self and others, life and death, man and woman, past and present, one class and another class, the individual and the nation, the controller and the controlled, and desire and its object. In adapting the novel for the stage, Okada decided to put these borderlines on the stage by employing a theatrical methodology for superimposing them on the narrative and the actors’ bodies.

 

Eleven Thai actors, from novices to veterans, have been selected through auditions held in Bangkok. They are Jarunun Phantachat, Kemmachat Sersukchareonchai, Kwankaew Kongnisai, Pavinee Samakkabutr, Sasapin Siriwanij, Tapanan Tandulyawat, Teerawat Mulvilai and Witwisit Hiranyawongkul.

 

Yuya Tsukahara of contact Gonzo is the scenographer, Wichaya Artamat is assistant director, Kyoko Fujitani of FAIFAI is the costume designer while Pornpan Arayaveerasid takes charge of lighting and Masamitsu Araki of sound designer, and Takuya Matsumi handles videography and projections.

The artists taking part in this production are all emerging artists from both Thailand and Japan, living and working in the same age. Through their vision, this work definitely promises to expand the frontiers of theatre itself as a form of artistic expression.  

“Pratthana - A Portrait of Possession” will be staged from August 22 – 26 at 7.30pm. An additional show takes place at 1.30pm on August 25 and will be followed by a talk.

 

Early bird tickets are priced at Bt500 (reservation and payment by July 31). Ticket prices are Bt700 and Bt400 for student. The price will rise to Bt750 and Bt450 for tickets bought at the door.

For reservation, please call (064) 679 6768 or email pratthanabkk@gmail.com.

For more information, visit http://pratthana.net and Facebook.com/pratthanabkk.