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A research and development project for a new music/dance work fusing Thai and Western traditions, exploring Buddhist folk myths.
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During a recent Arts Council/British Council funded research trip to Thailand, music producer and composer Sebastian Reynolds (PinDrop Music) and choreographer Adrienne Hart (Neon Dance) have developed an idea to work with internationally acclaimed Thai dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun, to produce a dance and music stage work based around a fusion of Thai traditional forms, and western contemporary dance and music. The piece will depict the story of Mahajanaka, an ancient Indian folk myth that is part of the Buddhist canon of stories The Jatakas. These stories tell the previous lives of the Buddha to be (the Boddhisatta) as he perfects 10 spiritual qualities that enable him, in his final life, to become enlightened and be able to teach others the path. The intention is to produce a work that brings these qualities and the Boddisatta's adventures as Mahajanaka to life in a way that it engaging and appealing to as wide an audience as possible. 

We are fundraising this money to ensure that we can bring Pichet to the UK in October 2016 to spend a week in the studio developing ideas that will hopefully form the basis for the piece. We want to make a work that can be presented in Europe, America and Asia, a work that appeals to audiences of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, East and West. The piece, we hope, will transcend ethnic and linguistic divides and help shine a light on the common, allegorical narratives of Jataka mythology, bible stories and European folk tales, and explore the aesthetics of traditional Thai dance, music and costume, and their relationships to western traditional and contemporary forms. 

Risks and challenges

The Artists' International Development Fund enabled the team to travel to Thailand and meet with many fantastically talented creative partners. Now that we have established connections with these partners, I need support to start working creatively to bring our ideas to life. Creativity is always risky, because it is very hard to predict outcomes of collaboration, but we have successfully facilitated many collaborations of all sorts, and I feel that it is worth trying to bring the team together to start working, with the hope that we can lay the foundations for the project to be fully realised by 2018.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this page and support our project. You are helping us to make risky, artistically motivated and pioneering new work possible.

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    Download of Mahajanaka song

    Mahajanaka is an original composition by Sebastian Reynolds, the lead composer behind the original score for Mahajanaka Dance Drama. The piece includes recordings of the student Piphat ensemble Krajidrid band featured in the project film, Journey Into Jatakas. Also, a thanks for supporting the project on social media.

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    Limited Edition Mahajanaka Postcards

    2 x A6 postcards of photographs taken during the residency week. Plus shout out on social media and a download of the track Mahajanaka.

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    Limited Edition Mahajanaka Poster Print

    A3 print captured during the residency week. Plus shout out on social media and a download of the Mahajanaka track.

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    Mahajanaka Poster Print + Postcards

    A3 print of an image captured during the residency week, 2 x A6 postcards of images. Plus shout out on social media and a download of the Mahajanaka track.

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    Invitation to attend a sharing event

    At the end of the residency period, we will host an exclusive, invite only sharing event with Pichet and the team, to share what we have developed during the workshop. You will be invited to attend the sharing at DanceXchange Birmingham on Friday 14th October at 4pm, to meet the creative team and participate in a Q+A. Plus A3 poster print and 2 x A6 postcards, and a download of the Mahajanaka track and a shout out on social media.

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