Vic Hua Hin Hosts 2-day ‘Global Olympiad’ of Indian Performing Arts

On 25, 26, and 27 of December, the Vic Hua Hin theatre will be host to a spectacular showcase of music, dance, and drama from India.

The arts group Akhil Bharatiya Sanskutik Sangh, more easily pronounced (and remembered!) as ‘ABSS‘ is bringing a phenomenal performance competition for the 2nd year in a row.

I myself saw this show last year at Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, and it is simply phenomenal! If you love good music and dance, Indian or otherwise be there!

The variety of music and dance is astonishing, the quality ranges from high to superb (okay, there were a few klunkers. But not many). And the sheer vibrancy and color of the costuming will wow you if nothing else does.

Vic Hua Hin welcomes ABSS’s Global Council of Arts & Culture India with the Global Cultural Olympiad 2011. This contest of dance and music will be held for the first time in Hua Hin. Primary and secondary schools, colleges, art institutes and cultural centers from all over India are taking part in this festival. 250 artists are participating with over 100 programs.

During the Olympiad music such as classical, folk as well as modern, instruments such as sitar, flute, keyboards, Indian classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Satriya and Folk as well as modern fusion dance styles will be presented.

The 2011 Olympiad will be held for the first time at Vic Hua Hin. Everybody is welcome to come in at any time of the program and enjoy the Indian culture:

  • Sunday, 25th December 2011, 9.30 am – 10 pm
  • Monday, 26th December 2011, 9.30 am – 10 pm.

Admission free, no reservation necessary.

For more information: http://www.vichuahin.com/, http://www.gcac.co/

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Weekend School EVERY DAY at Vic Hua Hin!

Whoever heard of a Weekend School that happens every day? Well, that is exactly what they are doing at the Vic Hua Hin through 13 November.

With the Bangkok floods enforcing an extended stay in our fair city for many families, not to mention the high-season crowds starting to gather, there’s a shortage of suitable activities particularly during the week.

So ‘Kru Lek’ Patravadi, with her faculty and staff of Vic Hua Hin and Patravadi High School are stepping in with their unique and wonderful workshops that run every weekend throughout the year. Until 13th November  these will run every day from 10 am to 4 pm with:

  • Art classes including clay sculpture, painting, and batik
  • Acrobat training,
  • Singing and instrumental music
  • Dance, including movement, contemporary dance, and social latin dancing for adults

There’s something for everyone. Minimum age is 4 years. No maximum

Daily Class Schedule (through 13 November):

  • Body Control: 10 am – 11 am:
  • Art Classes (Clay sculpting, painting, batik): 10 am – 4 pm:
  • Acrobat for children: 11 am – 12 am:
  • Singing class for children under 10 years of age: 1 pm – 2 pm:
  • Acrobat for children: 2 pm – 3 pm,
  • Singing class for adults: 3 pm – 4 pm:
  • Latin Dance: Friday 5 pm;  Saturday 10 am and 2 pm; Sunday 10 am.

For More Information

Call 032 827 814-5 or visit http://vichuahin.com for information on the school and the many wonderful performances coming up in the theater in the next two months.

Or just drop in. The Vic is located between central Hua Hin and Khao Tao/Pranburi, just 1/2 kilometer South of the railway overpass, on the right -hand side.

Look for the big black building and you can’t miss. But careful turning into the driveway, though. Cars go fast on that stretch, in both directions.

No matter you are thinking about enjoying arts for fun and pleasure, exposing children to nurture their creative minds, catching glimpses of Thai culture during your trip or aspiring to develop yourself professionally as an artist, Vic Hua Hin Weekend School will be an ideal choice.

Vic Hua Hin Weekend School is founded by Patravadi Mejudhon, guru of performing arts in Thailand, to gather artists and professional teachers from various artistic disciplines and give invaluable knowledge to anyone who interested in the arts. Long-term and short-term courses are available. The School can also create custom programs for your specific needs of individuals or groups.

Big News! Yale Whiffenpoofs to play Vic Hua Hin Sunday 26 June

Each year 14 of the finest male singers in Yale University‘s senior class are chosen to be members of the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known a cappella group. Over 100 years after the group’s founding in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs esteem their proud tradition of outstanding musicianship and exceptional entertainment. Each year, the “Whiffs” perform over 200 concerts worldwide at a wide range of venues including large concert halls, private events, country clubs, schools and churches. The Whiffs and their diverse repertoire which includes everything from Yale songs to contemporary pop and jazz favorites – guarantee a dynamic and exciting performance for any audience.

This performance is supported by the United States Embassy Bangkok.
Tickets for 900, 700 and 500 Baht (students 50 % discount) are available at Vic Hua Hin: 032-827-814 to 815.
ขอเชิญชม การแสดง A capella การร้องเพลงประสานเสียงโดยไม่ ต้องมีดนตรี ที่น่าสนใจ และสนุกสนานโดย14 หนุ่ม จาก มหาวิทยาลัย Yale สหรัฐอเมริกา คณะที่มีชื่อเสียง ไปทั่วโลก …รอบเดียวเท่านั้น ณ วิกหัวหิน วันอาทิตย์ที่ 26 มิถุนายน 2554 เวลา 19.30 น บัตร 500 700 900 บาท นักเรียนนักศึกษา ประชาชนชาวหัวหินลด 50% จองบัตรที่ 032 827 814-5
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And looking ahead, there will be a special performance of Phra Lor on Saturday 30 July
More informationsm go to Vic Hua Hin’s web site.

State of the Art Live Theatre FREE!

Kru ‘Lek’ Patravadi at the the Vic Hua Hin theatre has just announced that there will be a free performance of the award-winning ‘Phra Lor’ on Saturday 23 April at 07:30, to kick off a 10-city US tour. If you haven’t seen ‘Phra Lor’, you simply must. And at these prices there’s just no excuse.

Phra Lor Recital

Phra Lor is a famous Thai Epic, a love story of three lovers all written in poetry by one of the kings in Ayudhya period. About a charming and handsome prince with his two beautiful admirers. Many songs were written using the poetry from this book as lyrics and they have touched the hearts of the nation for centuries. Today we would like to present some of them with new interpretation by the new generation of Thai musicians on Thai and western musical instruments.

Only one performance, free of charge. Donations will be collected to support Chaipattana Foundation.

For more informations please call Vic Hua Hin: 032-827-814 to 815

Fringe Festival 2011 Hua Hin and Bangkok Programs

Here’s the latest schedule of shows at Vic Hua Hin and Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok during the Fringe Festival 2011.

Here are some links for information on the individual shows. Have a look. There’s some exciting stuff here.

http://www.hilarychaplain.com/Site_2/A_Life_In_Her_Day.html

http://www.bfloortheatre.com/about.php

http://bk.asia-city.com/events/article/choreographer-jitti-chompee-tells-us-about-18-monkeys

http://www.tatnews.org/events/events/2010/june/4869.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5nisarkUjA

http://www.sterntheater.ch/faust/index.html (German)

http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Nation-Rise-Craft-Design/dp/1568987870

http://www.thebowproject.com/index.php/about/

http://www.livingwiththetiger.com/

Reservations for ‘The Siege of Paris’

A follow-up on Tuesday’s post about the puppet opera “The Siege of Paris“, to be performed by the Teatroarte – Cuticchio at Vic Hua Hin on Thursday 25 November at 6pm.

The performance is completely free. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. You can reserve your seats by phoning ‘Sunny’ Sitapan at 081 345 9360, by email to info@vichuahin.com, or by fax at 032-827817.

This promises to be a highly remarkable show. As noted in the previous post, the Sicialian puppet theatre has been declared a treasure of the shared cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, and the Teatroarte – Cuticchio are among a mere handful of artists sustaining this ancient dramatic art form.

‘Joe Louis Puppet Theater’ at Vic Hua Hin

On Saturday 6 November, the Vic Hua Hin Theatre will premiere a new show by the Joe Louis Puppet Theater, Thailand’s most famous traditional puppet theater company.

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Kurumawatan: The Myth of Rahoo and the Lunar Eclipse

This is one of the most famous episodes in the Ramakian, Thailand’s version of the epic Hindu drama the Ramayana. The story is enacted on a cosmic scale, with traditional Thai operatic singing and orchestra.

Kurumawatan will run every Saturday in November (6, 13, 20, 27 November) as the theater company takes up a month-long residency. Shows start at 7:15pm, with food and drink available from 6pm outside the theater.

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