Biography

Born in 1974 in Bangkok, Thailand, Jitti Chompee graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.  He was trained in classical ballet by David Shields and William Morgan at Varaporn-Kanchana Ballet School. He was awarded a scholarship from the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong, and later a full-time scholarship at the Ailey School in New York, USA.  As a professional dancer, he worked for Ismael Ivo, Rafiga Akhundova, William Morgan, and Luca Bruni. 

Jitti came back to Thailand and founded 18 Monkeys Dance Theatre in 2010, where he works as director and house choreographer. In 2011, he earned the prestigious award as the Outstanding Young Choreographer from the Goethe Institut Thailand, which invited him to produce a dance in collaboration with Total Brutal Company for show in Bangkok and Berlin and invited to participate the Tanz Platform 2012 and 2014 in Germany.  With the continued support from the Goethe Institut Thailand, Jitti directed and choreographed another contemporary dance, entitled “Lieber Adzio”, which was created in collaboration with German composer Dirk P. Haubrich and visual artist Yoko Seyama. 

Jitti also brought his productions to participate in many international dance festivals; among which were the George Town Festival 2011 in Malaysia, Festival Tanztendenzen 2014 in Greifswald Germany, guest choreographer for the Nederlandse Reisopera (Les pêcheurs de perles) 2015 in the Netherlands and the Japan Foundation invited him to Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting 2012 in Japan.  He was invited by the Institut Français de Fès, in 2013 in Morocco for residency artist program, where he premiered his latest work “Tightrope Walker” and again at Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris 2014 supported by The French Embassy Thailand and Institut Français to create a new creation for La fete 2015.