Pichet Klunchun

b. 1971, Thailand
Lives and works in Thailand

Pichet Klunchun is a Thai classical dance artist who attempts to adapt the traditional works of Thai classical dance to a more contemporary style, while still keeping the heart of the tradition.

Klunchun trained for the Thai Classical Mask Dance, Khon, from the age of 16 with Chaiyot Khummanee, one of the best Khon Masters in Thailand. He then when onto achieve his undergraduate major in Classical Thai Dance at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduation, he did a lot of theatre work both as a dancer and choreographer at high-profile occasions such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. He has also performed in a number of international productions, including “Search: Hamlet” (2002) in Denmark, and “The Global Soul” (2003-2004) in multiple European countries.

Klunchun has participated in several intercultural performing arts programs as a representative for Thai classical dance artists, and as an international choreographer. In 2001, he was awarded a scholarship for a performing arts exposure in the United States, sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council.

Klunchun went onto establish his company ‘LifeWork Company’ for the purpose of training talented young dancers with strong Thai classical dance backgrounds.

Biography information from www.jeromebel.fr, March 2022

Country: Thailand