Get your InFrinGinG Dance Festival Best Coast Deal!
Buy 2 tickets to Rapping and Unwrapping Culture, Saturday, July 8, 7:00pm, and get 2 workshop passes to Alvin Tolentino’s dance class, July 9, 11:00am, free.
For more information and the full festival schedule visit www.crimsoncoastdance.org, 250.716.3230
Part of the
2017 Infringing Dance Festival – July 6-9, 2017
dancing in the belly of the dragon
DOUBLE FEATURE: RAPPING AND UNWRAPPING CULTURE
• UNWRAPPING CULTURE | Co. ERASGA with Alvin Tolentino & Pichet Klunchun
• HIP HOP POW WOW | with Angela Miracle Gladue, DJ All Good, & Wass Wuttunee
VI Conference Centre, Dodd Narrows Room
Saturday, July 8 | 7:00pm
8:30pm | DANCE PARTY! Stay and dance with us after the show! Pack your dancing shoes and celebrate who you are and who we are together in a rock down dance party.
UNWRAPPING CULTURE | Co. ERASGA with Alvin Tolentino & Pichet Klunchun
“A passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.” -The Georgia Straight.
A bold international collaboration exposes the clash between traditional and modern Thailand.
Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Canada’s own Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.
Tolentino has been exploring cultural identity from the perspective of his Filipino-Canadian heritage for over a decade, and Klunchun –has caused uproar in his native Thailand with his explorations placing the revered art of Khon in a more contemporary context.
“Both Pichet and I have a strong interest in how cultures develop and change, for better or worse,” says Tolentino. “This work -is loud, hard-hitting, satirical – but underneath we are asking globally serious questions about who owns and defines cultural heritage, and specifically about how Thailand’s traditional culture is being turned into a commodity.”
The performers share the stage with hundreds of cheap plastic toys and trinkets found in any Thai street market, and the audience moves freely around the space throughout the piece for a completely immersive experience.
• HIP HOP POW WOW | with Angela Miracle Gladue, DJ All Good, & Wasaskwun Wuttunee
Nanaimo indigenous and non-indigenous youth spent a week together to take steps toward Reconciliation and a shared future with A Tribe Called Red dancer, Angela Miracle Gladue, Turntablist DJ All Good, and Cree-hop performer Wasaskwun Wuttunee. This is the outcome of the process that these amazing teens were facilitated through as they explored, created, learned, and shared ideas, stories, fun, and friendship together.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS