Climbing Up A Stairway

24 06 2008

During the process of Silent Noise, we also did another performance in the name of The International Wow Company. It’s called ‘Stairway To The Stars’. Imagine how crazy we were trying to do two big, brand-new productions at the same time? Yes, indeed. We were young, full-of-energy & totally out of our minds.

‘Stairway To The Stars’ was, yet again, a collaboration between Thai members, US members & a dance group from Japan led by Lee. The process of work was simple for us Thai. We separated into groups, solo, duo, trio or whatever and was given a task or a certain theme to create & develop into a short piece of performance. Then, we sewn them altogether. Thai members were familiar with this kind of work because we had done this since the very beginning of the company. But, unfortunately, the Japanese didn’t get it. They came from a dance & butoh background so they didn’t have no clue how would we glue all of pieces together and made it make sense. But, the show had already been started and Japanese never gave up. They continued doing it and we had a fight from time to time but everything resolved when the show was on stage.

For me, I had a great time doing this piece. I was lucky teaming up with two great female Japanese dancers, Sawami Fukuoka & Michie (sorry Michie, I really can’t remember your last name…it’s been a long time!). We created a piece which we were aliens. It was so much fun working & sharing weird & funny ideas with these two girls. I remembered when we had to show our piece to other group. We were rolling on the empty, dirty, narrow street. Then, we were dancing on the side way of the main street while other group watching on the other side and people on motorcycles were riding by and taking a strange glance at us like, ‘what the hell you’re doing’. It was such a great memory.

and here’s the contact sheet of all photos I’ve had.

Contact Sheet

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