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Thailand Dance



Thailand Dance

There 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.

The masks and the costumes of the dancers are elaborated and portraying the characters.


The 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 dancers.


The 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.


Dance in Thailand

The 5 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 fire.


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.

The 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.


The classical dance’s highest form is the Khon, a performance of dancers dressed in handmade costumes, colorful hue, masks and beautiful golden headdresses.


The 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.


Around 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.

Thailand Dance

The costumes 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.



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