// Unwrapping Culture
Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Vancouver’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 tradition and modernity.
“a gutsy show that slyly and frantically, critiques consumer-junk culture-and, specifically, the loss of Thailand’s ancient, elegant traditions.”
– The Georgia Straight
CREATIVE TEAM & PERFORMERS
CHOREOGRAPHY: Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Pichet Klunchun
PERFORMANCE: Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Pichet Klunchun
MUSIC: I Love Thailand by Mocca Garden
LIGHTING: Mark Eugster
Photo Credit: Chris Randle
Co.ERASGA is Registered as Company Erasga Dance Society. Charitable registration number: 894061514 RR0001
As an arts organization with roots of Filipino heritages, migrant stories and racialized settlers, we acknowledge our privilege to be living and creating art here on Turtle Island. We acknowledge the land upon which most of Co. ERASGA's work takes place: the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish people including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations, the original stewards and caretakers of these lands.
As artists, we humbly recognize the continued work that needs to be done on the road to reconciliation. We commit to our own education, sharing of resources and artistries for continued respect, solidarity, awareness towards decolonial relation and work with the Indigenous people of Canada.
© Co.ERASGA 2021