The Jim Thompson Art Center is proud to present a Likay performance entitled the Red Demon, AKAONI. The Thai folk dance-drama is directed by Pradit Prasartthong, Silapathon who is a contemporary performing arts award winner (2004). This project is the result of a collaborative effort between Makhampom Foundation, Bangkok Theatre Network, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space and the Jim Thompson Art Center. The performance is part of the Bangkok Theatre Festival 2009. Pradit was asked by Hideki Noda, an internationally renowned Japanese director, to adapt his play script for the Makhampom Foundation. This unique Likay performance was presented in Japan as part of the Mekong Festival 2009 Project in celebration of the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2009.

The performance will be held from Sunday November 1st until Sunday November 8, 2009 at 7.30 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends at the Jim Thomson Art Center, Soi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium, Pathumwan (diagonally across from MBK to the stadium).

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Ticket price: 500 and 300 baht / 200 baht for seniors over 60 and students
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Highlights:
This performance is a contemporary Likay (Thai folk dance-drama), an innovative adaptation of Thai stage performances. The work was created at the suggestion of Hideki Noda, an internationally famous Japanese director who asked Pradit Prasartthong, the first Silapathon award winner in performing arts (2004) from the Ministry of Culture, to create the work. The Thai artist was asked to create a Likay version of Red Demon by adapting Hideki’s play script for the Mekong Festival 2009 in Tokyo. Pradit is the first to present an entirely new theme through Likay. His work is outstanding and has been widely acclaimed among viewers and peers.

Summary of Red Demon
In the Thai version the character Akaoni (Red Demon) becomes Yuk Tua Dang to create this special Thai Likay. The style of the performance has been transformed from traditional Thai Likay to a contemporary version by a Silapathon award winner, Pradit Prasartthong.

According to the plot, villagers on an island in the south of Thailand saved the lives of two persons from the sea, Kini and Kmuki. The villagers fed Kini with shark-fin soup to help with her recovery. The soup seemed strange to Kini and she asked if it was really shark-fin soup. The villagers confirmed it was, but she could tell from the taste of the soup that something was wrong. The soup reminded her of her ordeal in the sea. Suddenly she realized what had really happened, and she ran away to jump off a cliff to her death.

Originally Kmuki, Kini, and another friend — Puglann had met Red Demon and had become very good friends. The villagers refused to accept this and tried to get rid of Red Demon. All four of friends finally left the village by boat. Eventually Kini lost consciousness due to lack of food and water. Then the Red Demon disappeared. In fact, Kmuki and Puglann had eaten the meat of their friend who had disappeared to survive and fed it to Kini so she would regain her strength. They lied to Kini telling her that the meat was shark fin.

What makes the story interesting are the characters and many symbolic gestures and speeches presented to the audience to promote morale awareness of human values?

Brief Biography

Mr. Pradit Prasartthong
Mr. Pradit Prasartthong is the director of Makhampom Foundation and a general secretary of Micro Grass Root Foundation which produces plays for community development in rural and urban areas. The goal is to build networks through plays and productions to connect Thai communities and information. The aim is to promote understanding among the communities including artist, students, working audiences, etc. Pradit is also one of leaders in Bangkok Theatre Network which annually organizes Bangkok Theatre Festival in Bang Lumpu area every November.

In 2004, the Office of Contemporary Arts, the Ministry of Culture awarded Pradit the first Silapathon award as an artist who is the creator of contemporary performing art.

In 2004, the Office of Contemporary Arts, the Ministry of Culture awarded Pradit the first Silapathon winning award as an artist who created contemporary performance art.

   

Hideki Noda
Hideki Noda,the creator of the original Akaoni (Red Demon), is a world-class stage-play artist whose work has been praised in Japan and other countries. His masterpiece of the Red Demon has been shown in England, Korea and Thailand, performed on stage by artists of those countries. The play has been widely acclaimed in Thailand. In Japan it was voted the best play two consecutive years in a row (in 1998 and 1999).

Noda started his own theatre company the Dreaming Bohemian in 1976 while he was studying at university. His plays have had a major impact on the theatre business and he was widely known in his country in the early of 1980’s. In 1993, he closed down his theatre group in order to continue his education in stage performance art in London where he later formed a new play company called Noda Map. The attendance at his performances has been to capacity at every show, regardless of the size of the theatres. The plays that made him famous are: The Bee, Red Demon, Oil, Kill, Pandora’s Bell, etc. Although Noda became an icon in contemporary plays, he did not stop there. His name has been linked with famous operas and a traditional Kabuki plays. It was not a surprise that he has received many important awards in the performing arts, and starting this year Noda will be working as an art director for Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Japan.

This Contemporary Likay Performance, AKAONI, has been invited to participate in Mekong Festival, Tokyo, Japan, during November 18-25, 2009.

Beside AKAONI, there will be another stage-play called Sao Chao Na, directed by Nikorn Saetung, which shares professional actors from Bangkok Theatre Network, performing for both Japanese and Thai audiences in the festival. Both AKAONI and Sao Chao Na are originally created by Hideki Noda.