Arts - Entertainment
Fauwn Leb / Identity
Waewdao Sirisook and Ronnarong Khampha in
traditional Lanna clothes before the transformation into modern dance.
By Christopher Sujarit
“Fauwn Leb, the traditional fingernail dance of Northern Thailand,
has come to serve as a marketable representation of Lanna culture and its
heritage, while simultaneously being distorted by diverse economic and
political forces. In this duet created by two contemporary practitioners,
Waewdao Sirisook and Ronnarong Khampha perform with depth and humor,
recounting early life experiences that drew them to Fauwn Leb—and the
divergent lives they now lead—to reflect the dynamic vitality of
contemporary Lanna society and the fundamental tensions within artistic and
A cozy crowd of a hundred filled the auditorium of CMU’s Art Centre to see
Waewdao and Ronnarong, the dynamic and talented pair of Fauwn Leb, a 45-
minute performance full of fascinating dances and wry comedic interludes.
The script is a friendly mix of Thai and English and was tailored for a
Fauwn Leb’s serves as an entertaining introduction to Lanna performance- the
dance pieces include spoken word elucidating elements that make Lanna
exceptional from the rest of Thailand.
Over the 45 minutes, Waewdao and Ronnarong slowly disrobe and eventually end
up in silly cartoon pajamas (the middle portion gets a tad bit risqué).
Changing from traditional Lanna dance and costume to modern dance in
pajamas, the pair elegantly dismantle the gender roles prescribed by
traditional norms. The comedic interludes poke fun at the “50 most
uncomfortable situations in Lanna culture,”- irksome events such as fish
bones stuck between teeth, and impotence. The comedy exposes hypocritical
and archaic components of traditional gender roles.
What’s street art?
The exhibition of graphic arts called
“What’s Street Art opened at Sangdee Gallery on August 11, 2014 and saw
not just pieces of graffiti art but performances and sculptures. The
event, held in collaboration with Surface Arts UK, tells the story of
Street Art through various pieces of work and included the exchange of
learning through demos, presentation and team work between the artists
and audience. The exhibit is on display at Sangdee Gallery,
Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 is on until August 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of
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