Fifth step to Lanna Artist Way
Ai Pornchai receives a bouquet
at the opening of his retrospective exhibit.
Chiang Mai University Art Center hosted the opening ceremony of the
retrospective works Doi Saket native Pornchai Chaima on October 13, 2012.
Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata and has wife presided over the opening
ceremony for the exhibition that ended on October 27. More than 200 works
were on display, dating back 25 years.
Pornchai Chaima’s works were inspired by his traditional way of life growing
up in Chiang Mai. His works reflect his Lanna childhood and he joined a
group of local artists with similar backgrounds forming the Buddhist Lanna
Artists in 1992. He has helped restore works at the viharn of Wat Sri
Suphan, Wat Tha Kham, Wat Sri Maram in San Kampaeng and Wat Bupparam.
(Photos courtesy of CMU Art Center).
Asst Prof. Somporn Rodboon curated the showing,
here she is joined by Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata and his wife.
Ai Pornchai’s works drew a broad range of
interested visitors to the show.
Sir Elton John coming to Bangkok
It’s the rare Bangkok performance that
is featured in the Chiang Mai Mail but the visit of Sir Elton John in
December is one worthy of a mention. This icon of pop music is returning to
Bangkok to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his hit “Rocket Man” on
December 13, 2012 at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok.
John will have a one night only show in Bangkok on December 13, 2012.
Forty years ago, in April 1972, Elton John released the single Rocket Man (I
Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time) which went on to great chart
success and received critical acclaim worldwide. The single entered the UK
charts on April 22, reaching the number 2 position and staying on the chart
for 13 weeks. In the USA the single entered the Billboard chart on May 6 and
reached the number 6 position, staying in the US chart for 15 weeks. These
were the highest positions achieved so far by an Elton John single in the UK
and the USA. To celebrate the landmark 40th anniversary of its release, Sir
Elton John is taking the celebrations globally for a world tour with
Thailand as one of the stops.
Elton John’s monumental career has spanned more than five decades. One of
the top-selling solo artists of all time, Elton has 35 gold and 25 platinum
albums under his belt as well as 29 consecutive US Top 40 hits. He has sold
more than 250-million records worldwide and holds the record for the biggest
selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind ’97, which sold over 37
million copies. Since his career began in 1969, Elton has played over 3,000
Elton John’s one night only live performance in Bangkok, Singha Corporation
Presents Elton John and His Band Live in Bangkok 2012 – 40th Anniversary of
the Rocket Man is surely a not-to-be-missed music event of the year. Tickets
became available from October 20th at all ThaiticketMajor counters. Ticket
prices are: 2,000/ 3,000/ 4,000/ 5,000 Baht and gold package 6,000 Baht. For
more information and latest updates, please contact: 0-2262-3838 or log on
to www. thaiticketmajor.com. (PR)
The International Dance
Festival in Chiang Mai
30 international dance companies will perform at
the International Dance Festival in December
The Friends-of-the-Arts Foundation, Bangkok Art and Culture Center and
Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture will organize
the International Dance Festival 2012 over two weekends in December in
Chiang Mai at the Chiang Mai University Art Center.
Celebrating their 12th anniversary the Festival is also offering educational
activities to support the dance community in Thailand as well as the general
The festival features 30 performances from international local dance
companies, platform for young choreographers and student showcases open free
for public. There will be 8 workshops for beginners and 17 master classes
conducted by international guest choreographers for professional dancers and
experienced dance students. Additionally there will be screenings of British
and German dance films and panel discussions with dance experts and
academics on the topic of “Appreciation of Contemporary Dance in Thailand”.
The schedule is as follows:
Sat 1st Dec.
13.00-14.30 Contemporary Dance conducted by Felix Demuril at Art Centre
Gallery, Chiang Mai University
14.30-16.00 Contemporary dance conduct by Misato Inoue at Art Centre
Gallery, Chiang Mai University
16.30-17.30 Panel discussion on “Appreciation of the Collaboration Lanna
Culture and Contemporary Dance” at Faculty of Mass Communication, Chiang Mai
19.30-21.00 “Dancing Bach” performed by Rina Schenfeld and company at Art
Centre, Chiang Mai University with post performance Q&A
Sun. 2nd Dec.
13.00-14.30 Choreography conducted Rina Schenfeld at Art Centre Gallery,
Chiang Mai University
•15.00-17.00 Dance film and discussion
17.00-18.00 Young talent and Choreographer showcase at Art Centre, Chiang
19.30-21.00 “The Shadow Game” performed by T42 Dance Projects from
Switzerland at Art Centre Chiang Mai University
21.00-23.00 Dinner at Walking Street, Tha Pae Gate
Sat. 8th Dec.
19.30 “Dhamma-Da” Dance mind 4D by The Company of Performing Artists,
22.00-24.00 Club night, performance by May Yimsai and Pattarakit Pumpipat,
at Saengdee Gallery, Sirimangkalajan rd. soi 5
Tickets are priced at 1800, 1200, 600 and 300 baht. (student), and are
available at the CMU Art Center and Ban Sabai Village Resort & Spa Tel.
Moe Nyo solo exhibit
Myanmar artist Moe Nyo held a solo exhibition of works at Suvannabhumi
Gallery on Charoenrat Road on October 27, 2012. The exhibit of delicate
watercolors features landscapes around Bagan in Myanmar as well as around
the country. Born in Myanmar in 1976, Moe Nyo obtained B.A. from the
University of Culture, Yangon in 1998 and studied under Art Masters U Kyaw
Lay, U Tin Aye(MDY), U Aung Thin Oo, U Myint Oo, U Hla Min. The exhibit runs
through November 10. Suvannabhumi Gallery features the works of Myanmar
artists on 116, Chareonrat Road. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)