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    Re-Imaging Mae-Naak Through Mise-En-Science: The (Re) Construction in Scenic and Costume Designing Work
    This paper is a study of the conceptualization and the creation of scenic and costume designing for the experimental dance performance entitled ‘JUST DANCE’, in CA Creative Research Project 2016. The creative wok study is aimed at illustrating and explaining, the analytical interpretation of performance concept, with critical perspectives on stereotypical formation, to create theatrical designing works. The study shows the concretization of ideas from critical perspectives into creation of scenic and costume designing work. The creation was executed with composition of utilized elements by means of artistic and functional effects. The working outcome, through the crystallization of critical thinking, was the concrete objects that reflex and transform the ironic (or ambivalent) status of the protagonist, from the position of otherness to become a female active agency for own subjectivity.
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    Whose Voice? Love Legend of Phra Khanong: A Case of "Mak, Nak and People of Phra Khanong"
    The love legend of Mae Nak Phra Khanong was perceived and portrayed as a haunting, revenge and furious ghost story for almost a century. In 1999, Nonzee Nimibutr’s version of Nang Nak was claimed as the first version that humanized Mae Nak and depicted tragic aspect of her as a mournful young lady who devoted her life to her husband, a strong stereotype of how Thai girl (in the past) should conduct. However, Nimibutr had also highlighted the aspect of Buddhist Animism that finally ended ‘the life of Mae Nak’ in this story. The truth is Mae Nak has never died. In 2013, Banjong Pisanthanakun and his team had recreated a comedy version of this legend to retell a reverse aspect from Mak, Nak’s husband, and his friends. This version declared a turning point of how this legend has been perceived and also how the contemporary Thai society has evolved. The research began to question and revisited this legend. In order to investigating the roots of personal and political conflicts in the legend and in contemporary Thai society, the researcher embarked on the collaboration of revising the story of Mak, Nak as individuals and the society of Phra Khanong. This research paper examines and reinterprets individualism and community. The concept of ‘ghost’ and the sense of belonging in the community have been explored and questioned. The first stage play of ‘Mak, Nak and People of Phra Khanong’ is performed in June 20th, at the Prague Quadrennial 2015 with about 200 audiences.
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    JUST Dance: The Dance for Justice. A Study to Produce a Creative Work of Mae Nak Legend to a Dance Performance
    This research aims to examine the creative process to recreate a dance performance that has been staged as “a spoken play” from Mae Nak legend named “Mak, Nak and People of Phra Khanong.” The first stage play of “Mak, Nak and People of Phra Khanong” was performed in June 2015, at Assumption University Black box Theatre and at the Prague Quadrennial 2015, Czech Republic. The love legend of Mae Nak Phra Khanong was perceived and portrayed as a haunting, revenge and furious ghost story for almost a century. Mae Nak legend has been told and retold for nearly hundred versions since 1911. This research particularly draws politics aspects in dance history and examines the correlation between politics of dance and politics in Mae Nak legend. The performance of ‘JUST Dance” highlights the final scenes from “Mak, Nak and People of Phra Khanong” where the fights between Nak (Individualism) and People of Phra Khanong (Collectivism) occur. Ann Brooks clearly stated in her book “Popular Culture: Global Intercultural Perspectives” that the prohibition around dance practices for woman are often corresponded with restrictions in women’s bodies. Where living women are judged by beauty; the opposite of both are explored and questioned in this research paper. ‘JUST Dance” performance has examined the distortion of dance aesthetics, interpreted and transformed all acting and spoken dialogues into two parts 1) non-human progressive dance movement and 2) the traditional classical and beautiful dance practice. The research aims to experiment and study creative process extracting from the aesthetics and politics of dance from Mae Nak legend.