For the first time, Patravadi Theatre’s Fringe Festival will cover not only one city but two! Fringe Festival 2011 will take place in Bangkok and Hua Hin from 29 January to 17 March, at both Patravadi Theatre and Vic Hua Hin.
Organized by Patravadi Theatre and Vic Hua Hin, and supported by the Office of Contemporary Arts and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand, this year’s Fringe Festival does not boast to be big, but small and beautiful. Creative events of performances and films are invited from both overseas and Thailand to join this annual platform of creative artistry. The festival will begin with American physical comedienne Hilary Chaplain’s solo performance “A LIFE IN HER DAY”.
An original amalgam of Lucille Ball and Charlie Chaplin, Hilary Chaplain, with the aid of objects and puppets, reveals the intimate moments of a Jewish woman chasing he dream of happy ever after. Hilary’s performance will be opened with puppeteer Rima Miller’s short performance “INTRODUCTIONS”. The festival’s biggest sensation, “FAUST – Told in the Best Songs of Rock and Pop” is from Switzerland. Renowned Swiss actor Daniel Rohr blends over 40 all-time rock and pop favourites from Louis Armstrong, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Doors, to Michael Jackson and Madonna to retell Goethe’s everlasting love story of Faust.
The result is a perfect concert-and-theatre combo that delivers vibrant live music, humorous acting and theatrical inspirations that communicate beyond languages. While the audience will not have difficulty following journey of the songs, the production will take care of those who have concern with language by providing Thai and English subtitles for both its original German version and English version. “FAUST” is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Suisse Theatre, Goethe-Institut Thailand, the Embassy of Switzerland and Swiss School Bangkok. Fringe Festival has long since pioneered collaboration between Thai and international artists.
This year, Thailand’s most stimulating physical theatre troupe B-Floor will pair up with Fringe’s favourite Japanese group Wangnin Bunmei to create a new performance “wanto – SPACE O DIZZY”. Wangnin Bunmei is known for its creative staging of music, idiosyncratic butoh style and its zest in engaging the audience. With B Floor’s taste for open and creative collaboration and it’s touch on social awareness, the two groups will present the uniqueness of spaces in cities in their most original imagery weaved by live music, dance and physical theatre. This collaboration is supported by Japan Foundation Bangkok. Another cross-cultural collaboration is “BOW PROJECT 2011”. The Bow project is a group of dance, music and dance film artists from Europe and Asia who first met in China and continue to collaborate ever since. In 2010 they presented “FINAL BOW”, an evening ofdance film, live music and dance at Patravadi Theatre.
They will revisit with new works and new collaboration at the Festival. From Israel Fringe Festival will host the talented Yael Rasooly’s “PAPER CUT!”. An award-wining solo performance of paper and object theatre, “PAPER CUT!” is as imaginative as it is deadly hilarious. Yael Rasooly transforms herself into a lonely secretary; playing with cut-outs from old black and white magazines to escape into a world of glamour and romance, falling into a rendezvous that turns out to be a Hitchcock nightmare! The performance is supported by the Embassy of Israel. On a more Asian-contemporary note, two works in this region are presented. Jitti Chompee will re-run his recent success of “18 MONKEYS”, which gracefully fuses the traditions of khon with ballet and tango against the backdrop of western classical music.
A co-presentation with La Fete, “FANG LAO” by Olé Khamchanla from Cie. A’corps, is a uniqe and sensitive hip hop dance brings together dancers narrating their stories and experiences through hip hop, fone lao (traditional Lao dance) and khon (Thai masked dance). “FANG LAO” is supported by Culture France. Apart from performances, two free documentary film screenings will be held in Bangkok. “HANDMADE NATION” documents the new wave of art, craft and design that is capturing the attention of the United States. It is the feature film debut of director, author, artist and curator Faythe Levine. Levine traveled 10 15 cities and covered more than 19,000 miles to interview artists, crafters, makers and community members.
Levine will appear at the screening for a postscreening discussion, as well as to conduct a workshop. The screening of “HANDMADE NATION” is supported by the Embassy of the United States. The festival will organize a special preview screening of another film, “LIVING WITH THE TIGER”, produced and directed by Mike Thomas. “LIVING WITH THE TIGER” is a feature length film that explores the lives of the children in Baan Gerda, a small rural Thai village community that cares for over 80 HIV- infected or –affected children. Principally told through two of the children over a period of 3 years, the film captures the highs and lows of their life, and shows their doubts and uncertainties as well as moments of joy and happiness.
Director Mike Thomas will join in for a postscreening discussion. The free screening will raise donation to further support the further distribution of the film. Tickets of the events for Patravadi Theatre are available at TOTALRESERVATION.com and its outlet. Booking hotline 02 833 5555. Tickets of the events for Vic Hua Hin are available at: Vic Hua Hin: 032 827 814-5