The Intermission of No. 60
After showing his work-in-progress at Forward Shift as part of da:ns festival 2019, Pichet Klunchun went on to premiere No. 60 at TPAM 2020 in Japan and performed the work again at Taipei Arts Festival in August 2020. A culmination of 20 years of work and research focused on exploring the classic Thai dance Theppanom, which consists of 59 core poses and movements all Thai dancers have to master, No. 60 represents what could conceivably be the future of classical Thai dance. As opposed to actual dance movements or a physical routine, No. 60 instead espouses a new set of philosophies and principles that undergirds the classical Thai dance system. The Singapore premiere of No. 60 at da:ns festival 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19.
In this mini-documentary, deep-dive into No.60 as well as Pichet’s artistic practice and life’s work. Get behind the scenes with the choreographer as he shares his stories and experiences as a classically trained Thai dancer who designs and arranges contemporary dance pieces, his process in creating this seminal work and what he thinks it bodes for the future of the dance community in Thailand.
Produced during these unprecedented times, The Intermission of No. 60 also documents the other aspects of Pichet’s life by looking at what he does at home and during quarantine. In addition to reflecting on his lifetime of work and research, Pichet also discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on his practice, his company and his plans to take his new work on tour.
No. 60 and The Intermission of No. 60 are commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.