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Sod­sai Pan­toomko­mol Cen­tre for Dra­matic Arts is host­ing the world pre­miere of Pratthana — A Por­trait Of Pos­ses­sion, a Thai-Ja­pa­nese col­lab­o­ra­tive per­for­mance, on Aug 22 at 7.30pm. Five more rounds will be staged from Aug 23-25 at 7.30pm and on Aug 25 and Aug 26 at 1.30pm.

Pre­sented by the Ja­pan Foun­da­tion Asia Cen­ter in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Precog and Chelfitsch the­atre com­pany, this is an adap­ta­tion of Rang Khong Pratthana (Sil­hou­ette Of De­sire), the lat­est novel by award-win­ning nov­el­ist Uthis Hae­mamool re­puted for his bril­liant ex­am­i­na­tions of the iden­tity and psy­che of in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in to­day’s Asia.

The story re­volves around a lone painter strug­gling to be pro­duc­tive while search­ing for him­self in his artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties and the sur­round­ing so­cial con­text. Within the story lie hid­den border­lines be­tween the self and oth­ers, life and death, man and woman, past and present, one class and another, the in­di­vid­ual and the na­tion, the con­troller and the con­trolled, and de­sire and its ob­ject.

In adapt­ing the novel for the stage, Ja­pa­nese writer/di­rec­tor Toshiki Okada has cho­sen to em­ploy a the­atri­cal method­ol­ogy to su­per-im­pose these border­lines on the nar­ra­tive and the ac­tors’ bodies.

The cast fea­tures 11 Thai per­form­ers, rang­ing from novices to vet­er­ans. Work­ing be­hind the scenes is a col­lab­o­ra­tive team with Thai and Ja­pa­nese artists ex­pe­ri­enced in cross­ing the bound­aries of art forms.

Tick­ets at the door cost 750 baht (450 baht for stu­dents). The Sod­sai Pan­toomko­mol Cen­tre for Dra­matic Arts is on the 6th floor of the Maha Chakri Sirind­horn Build­ing, Fac­ulty of Arts, Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity, Phaya Thai Road.

Uthis Hae­mamool, left, and Toshiki Okada.

The per­for­mance is adapted from Uthis Hae­mamool’s novel Rang Khong Pratthana (Sil­hou­ette Of De­sire).

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