Title: Creating the Contemporary Performing Arts with an Implementation of Acting Techniques Integration: A Case Study of the Contemporary Performing Arts “Return to the Spirit”
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theater, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Mutjarin Ittiphong, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Inspired by John Luther Long’s novel, Madame Butterfly (1904) is Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera. The story of Madame Butterfly has continued to gain popularity amoung audience, as the main character, “Jo Jo-San” depicts the idealistic female character of the Eastern world in Japanese background.
During King Chulalongkorn second visit to Europe in 1907, he went to watch this opera in Paris, France. Later, He inspried Prince Narathip Praphanphong to adapt the story into a piece of musical play in Thai background and give a title “Sao Kruea Fah”.
“Return to the Spirit” is a contemporary performing arts that combines the ideal female charactors from those two plays to depict an emotional feeling of a woman. Although the story has a tragic ending, but the determation of a woman who fought until her last breath is obviously portrayed.
From the philosophy and the essence of thought that leads to the renowned literary works, this contemporary performance has been developed and restyled by the integration of Japan’s “Noh” and traditional Thai dance into a solo performance in order to represent an ideological perspective and a cultural relationship connecting to each other in the Eastern world.
This cretive research aims to search for its theme, and develops to a contemporary performing arts, by selecting to design the elements of the play for emphasize its theme in order to communicate with nowadays audiences. The achievement that came from the creativity of this one-piece performing arts had been obtained from the synthesis of knowledge using various acting techniques that were cultivated from the rehearsal process.
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