|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.
The Thai classical arts society claims he is a most innovative artist, who dares to adjust the dance culture in Thailand from the traditional old style to a newer and more modernized. He 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 achieved his undergraduate major in Classical Thai Dance at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. After graduation, he did a lot of theatre work both as a dancer and choreographer at high-profile occasions like the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. Subsequently he has also worked with contemporary dance. He is the only artist graduated from The Dance Department in Thailand, who continues working with dancing.
Lately he 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 7-months performing arts exposure in the United States, sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council. Since 2001, he has performed a number of international productions, including “Search: Hamlet” in 2002 in Denmark, and “The Global Soul” in 2003-2004 in many European countries.
Recently, he also established his own company called LifeWork Company for the purpose of training talented young dancers with strong Thai classical dance backgrounds. Pichet is the only artist in the country to develop his work from the traditional “Khon” dance, and who is also able to collaborate with other artists on an international level.