January 22, 2003
Wit and humor used to shed light on women's lives
Anyone who thinks physical theatre is a bit hard to take should have come to Venus's Party which ended a short run last Sunday.
The impressive, small –scale performance with a feminist theme was a collaboration between Crescent Moon Theatre, B-Floor Theatre and WOW Company.
If reflected upon the routine dilemmas of women from different sectors of society, in a way anyone could relate to. The world may change, but women's feelings and their relationships with men do not.
The universality of body language meant it was easy for the audience to identify with and digest the ideas being explored.
The stars of the show, Sumontha Saunpolrat, Priya Wongrabieb and Jarunan Phatachat, spoke with bodies about women striving for social acceptance, Competition in the work place and the efforts to achieve that "perfect body" are just two areas in which women struggle with themselves and with external pressures.
There were many hilarious, satirical moments. For example, when a heavy-set woman (played by the talented Sumontha) tries to resist the temptation to take food from the refrigerator. Or when she tries to overcome her failures by being the first to grab a bride's bouquet.
The use of juxtaposition heightened the message. For example as men bragged in unintelligible words about sex, women did the same about their bodies. As men boasted about their strength and fighting prowess, women compared themselves in terms of beauty.
Differences between the sexes were shown in a husband-and-wife scene. There was no communication between the two. While the man watched television, his wife ironed his clothes. They slept in separate chairs, facing in different directions. They moved on separately, with no soul connection.
In another strong scene, three female strangers were attacked by a male thief. The petrified women helped each other by smacking the guy, before going back to their lives as though nothing had happened.
The success of this production lay in its simplicity and its humor. Combined, these elements always delight Thai audiences. Black humor provided some memorable moments, such as when office chairs were shifted back and forth in a threatening manner – the cruelty was apparent and ridiculous enough to provoke bitter laughter. The audience could sense the pain of the young women whose chairs were stolen repeatedly by male colleagues.
Minimalistic setting and props were used effectively in this production and the show was well choreograph by Theerawat Mulvilai who also arranged the exceptional sound. Tawit Keitprapai's lighting added much to the ambience.
A big round of applause should go to director Sineenadh Keitprapai. Her experience showed in the high quality of this captivating production.
“Venus Party” was premiered at Pridi Banomyong Institute in 2003, and was invited to perform in The Asia-Pacific Festival and Conference of Women in the Arts 2003 in Philippines. And later “Venus Party” was invited to be shown in National Theatre Festival 2004 in India.
Crescent Moon Theatre will be presents “Venus Party” again
in Bangkok Theatre Festival 2008
at Lido 2 Siam Square. December 2-5, 2008 (8:30 pm.)
For more information 081 259 6906
Booking ;Tel. 083 023 8519,
“Venus Party: เรื่องของเธอ เรื่องของเขา และเรื่องของเรา”
การกลับมาอีกครั้งของเหล่าวีนัสในละครเวที แนวฟิซิคัลเธียเตอร์เรื่อง “Venus Party”
ผลงานของผู้กำกับหญิง สินีนาฏ เกษประไพ ศิลปินศิลปาธรคนล่าสุด
“Venus Party” แสดงครั้งแรกที่สถาบันปรีดี พนมยงค์ ในปี 2547 และได้รับเชิญไปแสดงในงาน The Asia-Pacific Festival and Conference of Women in the Arts 2003 ที่ประเทศฟิลิปินส์ และได้รับเชิญไปแสดงในงาน National Theatre Festival 2004 ที่ประเทศอินเดีย
ที่โรงภาพยนตร์ลิโด้ 2 วันที่ 2-5 ธันวาคมนี้ เวลา 20:30 น.
For more information 081 259 6906
Booking ;Tel. 083 023 8519, www.bangkoktheatrefestival.com