DATE: October 15 - 16, 2022
TIME: 1pm, 7pm
LOCATION: ROHM Theatre, Kyoto, Japan
A new play by Jarunun Phantachat
Produced by Kyoto Experiment
About the Production
I create history and history affects me.
What lies between personal stories and those that are shared as “history”? Such questions are the focus of a new work by Jarunun Phantachat from Thailand, in which the relationship between individuals and politics/the state is depicted through a collaboration with artists and actors from neighboring Myanmar.
Of the 2,400 km long Thailand-Myanmar border, just 59 km are officially demarcated. A personal encounter with an artist from Myanmar sparked Phantachat’s interest in the long, tense relationship between the neighboring countries. However, not long after she conceived of the collaborative project, the Myanmar coup d’état of 2021 occurred. With no way to travel between the two countries, Phantachat researched using textbooks, the news, and stories, but as she progressed, it became clear how little she knew about her neighboring country. Turning toward a more personal approach, Phantachat worked virtually as well as in person with four actors to write a play based on their own research on the two countries.
Despite its political context, the play itself is surprisingly comical. Every actor performs as Jarunun, and the unexpected mix of Thai, Burmese, Japanese, and English is sure to draw you in. When the curtain comes down, we are left with a simple yet difficult question: “What words can we believe in?”
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