are 3 important categories of the Thailand dance:
the most stylized form is Khon. The dancers perform
the dance miming the action; in the same time the
chorus from the background tells or sings the story.
masks and the costumes of the dancers are elaborated
and portraying the characters.
characters of the Khon dance include humans,
monkeys, demons, celestial being. The muscular
exertion and the agility may be required in this
dance. The most of the performances include episodes
from the Indian epic, the Ramakien and the
Ramayana’s Thai version. The Lakhon is not such a
formal dance like Khon and there are no masks for
movements are fluid, sensual and graceful expressing
various emotions. Most of the dancers are women and
perform as group. A large
stories range from the Jakatas, the Ramakien as well as folk stories is
featured in this dance. Jakatas are
stories of Siddharta Gautama Buddha’s previous lives. A
folk-dance form, Fawn Thai has 5 styles and is accompanied
by the folk music.
styles are: Happy Dance (Fawn Marn Mong Kol),
Fingernails Dance from Chiang Mai (Fawn Leb), Candle
Dance (Fawn Tian), Butterfly Dance (Fawn Marn Gumm
Ber) and Scarf Dance from Chiang Rai (Fawn Ngiew).
In South of Thailand the drama dance called Monohra
can be watched. The dance is about the love story
between Kinnari Manohra (a being that is half-bird
and half-woman) and Prince Suthon. According to the
story, the price was gone to war and his court
advisors made him to believe that the only way to
prevent his death is the sacrifice by Manohra’ s
The Thailand dance drama managed to survey
till the present times as a very elegant art form
that has been refining itself along the time.
Angkor Vat dancers influenced the Thailand dance.
Since 1431, when the Angkor Vat was annexed to
Thailand, the dancers have been representing a link
between Gog, earth and nature.
dance’s highest form is the Khon, a performance of dancers
dressed in handmade costumes, colorful hue, masks and
beautiful golden headdresses.
Ramakien sits at the base of the dance drama, a
national story that was derived from the popular
Ramayana, an Indian epic. Original grandeur is still
retained by the Thailand classical dances as they
respect the tradition and are unchanged.
180 basic body movements should be performed by the
dancers who also should keep the upper body in the
upright position. The knees can be stretched and
bent synchronizing with music. The hands and the
fingers movement are complex and alluring. The
wonderful costume dazzling in the spotlight as well
as the dancers’ movements makes from the performance
a beautiful experience.
make you remember of the merchants who were trying to
attract and seduce the beautiful ladies to sell them some
gold with which they can adorn themselves. So, if you travel
to Thailand don’t hesitate to enjoy the dances, a perfect
introduction in this country’s culture.