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Fluid: Pichet Klunchun

Organised by the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, the inaugural performance, ‘Pichet Klunchun & Myself’, by R B Jerome Bel Company was quite unique.

After inaugurating the five-day festival, Ashish Khokar, the chief guest of the programme, felt that initiatives like these help one learn more about dance forms from around the globe.

“Dance is necessary to break the monotony in one’s routine life. It is the most fragile art form which has no end product. It is high time we think about what is Indian in contemporary dance and what is contemporary in Indian dance. I look forward to these kind of events which help one know more about various dance forms,” he said.

Pichet Klunchun, an exponent of Khon, a Thai dance form and Jerome Bel, a renowned French choreographer, made a casual entry on stage.

Pichet Klunchun explored the intricacies of Khon, which is based on the Ramayana. He explained about the dance form and its various aspects. The humorous conversations between Pichet Klunchun and Jerome Bel, Pichet’s explanation of the various elements in the dance form and the lively presentation of different steps and situations were really interesting. 

Pichet depicted the four main characters of the dance form — the female, male, demon and monkey in slow and swift movements.

The depiction of fighting between Rama and Ravana was spellbinding. A noteworthy depiction was of Jerome going on stage and simply looking around aimlessly.

While the audience laughed at this seemingly inactive ‘dance move’, his explanation to this was that the character was still on stage in the view of the audience despite his lack of action.

It was something completely new and enchanting for the audience as they found themselves delving deeper into the unique dance form.

It was Pichet who received all the appreciation from the audience for leaving each of them asking for more.

“We are happy with the response we are getting in India. We had performed in Delhi and Chennai wherein the audiences were so reactive. They seemed to understand each step perfectly since they clapped and laughed at the right moment,” said Jerome after the performance.

“It was more of a trialogue as we, two people, were talking and trying to unfold dance and theatrical to a very receptive audience,” he added.

The ‘Indo-French Festival of Contemporary Dance’ will feature performers and choreographers of different art forms from across the world till November 12.

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