Pichet Klunchun

No. 60

Erbstücke Performance 2022/23

Pichet Klunchun is considered one of the finest interpreters of Thai classical temple dance-a dance form that is still passed down in schools with hierarchical structures. The piece explores the 59 poses of the Theppanom canon, which all classically trained dancers must memorize. However, Klunchun creates a new figure within the limited canon-the number 60-an unheard-of process that is symbolic of the development of one’s own practice and free thinking. The piece “No. 60” is an impressive declaration of love for an art form rich in tradition and at the same time a call for a critical approach to cultural heritage-because only in this way can something new emerge again.