URBAN TEMPLATES (contemporary dance performance)


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED contemporary dance performance playing only this weekend


URBAN TEMPLATES is a double bill contemporary dance performance by young choreographers James Batchelor and Navinda Pachimsawat Vadtanakovint (Lordfai) examining human interactions within the urban landscape. Working with support from the Australia Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These two exciting and innovative new works both bring together an exciting mix of Australian and Thai artists working across various arts disciplines.

METASYSTEMS is a new work by award winning Australian choreographer James Batchelor. Documenting the processes taking place at construction sites in Bangkok, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving urban landscape. 8 Thai and Australian performers and 512 concrete bricks are constructed and assembled in mesmerizing patterns and rhythms. Batchelor is developing METASYSTEMS as part of a 5-week residency in Bangkok with support from the Australia Thailand Institute Artist in Residency Program.

FRACTALS is an integration of dance and architectural installation. It explores the standardized and repetitive patterns in human behaviors, within the safe-zone of social norms that we ourselves created and accept. The work portrays machine-like ways of living, our constant attempt to achieve the perfect standardize form, through the construction of uniform geometrical structures on stage. Navinda is developing FRACTALS alongside collaborating performers, architects and sound designer from Australia and Thailand with the support of Australia-Thailand Institute Grant.

Dates: Friday 19 June 8pm, Saturday 20 June 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 21st June 3pm

Venue: Creative Industries, @ Mtheatre New Petchburi Rd. Bangkok, Thailand 10110 (between the end of Thonglor & Ekkamai)

Ticket Prices: 300 baht (adults)/200 baht (students)

Bookings please contact; creativeindustriesbkk@gmail.com / 086-300-2081 or p.bangkokdance@gmail.com / 086-359-0904


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Pridi Banyomong Institute

Established as an open forum to discuss the ideals of justice and community of Pridi Banomyong, a former Prime Minister, this institute offers all sorts of interesting, informative, and educational events for those interested in learning more about Thailand’s political history. A visit here is well worth one’s time, offering an array of seminars and workshops in many different languages. Got the kids with you? No worries: There are even puppet shows!

65/1 Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55
BTS Sukhumvit Line to Thong Lo
Mon–Fri 9 am to 5 pm
Culture center