Based on an episode from “Ramakien,” the Thai version of the Indian epic, “Muet” recounted the story of Phra Ram’s monkey soldier Kesonthamala and his unlikely best friend Mungkornkan in Thotsakan’s demon army. When Phra Ram commands Kesonthamala to aid him in killing Mungkornkan, the loyal monkey soldier finds himself facing a dilemma: honouring his duty or his friendship. In the end, he chooses to throw himself at Phra Ram’s arrow and receive the fatal blow together with this friend.

What “Muet” achieved though, was to introduce elements of the classical dance form to a contemporary audience in a less rigid context and instil a sense of appreciation in them. The audience might not have understood khon any better after the performance, but they could definitely enjoy the beauty of the bodies as well as relate to the timeless, universal emotion present in the antiquated mythological tale.

Artists Suwan Klinampon, Anucha Sumaman, Klittin Kiatmetha
Music Dirk P. Haubrich
Supported by The Goethe Institut Thailand and P’tendercool

Photos by Boaz Zippor