Press about the festival

Bangkok Post interview with Jitti Chompee, director and curator of the festival

Kafka creative

Cesser d’être (Stop being)

Dancer and choreographer Jitti Chompee on the interpretation of his work 
Even though he is responsible for curating all performances and art pieces that have been showcasing at “Unfolding Kafka Festival”, dancer and choreographer Jitti Chompee has had limited exposure when it comes to actual works of the literature’s icon. He doesn’t want to just focus on the text of Franz Kafka but to extend the interpretation of his work, which is what the festival revolves around.

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Bangkok Post interview with Yoko Seyama, artist of ‘The Silence of Insects’ installation

Silent insects hang out

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When Yoko Seyama was invited to join the “Unfolding Kafka Festival”, the installation artist didn’t take much time to think about what she would be doing. By focusing on a word from the title, “unfolding”, she immediately came up with origami.

“By folding, you can sculpt many shapes. But once you unfold, it’s nothing again. It’s just plain paper. I think this idea is quite amazing,” said the Japanese artist. Origami is a well-known Japanese paper art, though this is Seyama’s first time dealing with paper folding in an installation….

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The Nation interview with Jitti Chompee, director and curator of the festival

Jitti Chompee curates a new dance festival that is inspired by Kafka

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CHOREOGRAPHER JITTI CHOMPEE, whose contemporary dance works have been part of many festivals in Bangkok and around the region has a new passion – curating a festival on his own. And for his first, which pays tribute to the works of writer Franz Kafka, he’s also creating a new work and performing in another.

“The idea for this festival started from watching Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring’s ‘Der Bau’ [‘The Burrow’] at Tanzplattform in Hamburg last year,” says Jitti, who is artistic director of the 18 Monkeys Dance Theatre and has taken part in such events as La Fete, the International Dance Festival Bangkok and….

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Bangkok Post interview with Dr Marla Stukenberg, director of the Goethe Institut Thailand

Kafka on our shore

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Franz Kafka in Thailand — does that sound irrelevant, or is it very timely?

Last year, Goethe Institut’s literary festival that centred around the works of Kafka was held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the writer’s death. Much to the surprise of the institute’s director, Dr Marla Stukenberg, the “Kafka Festival” was met with packed audiences and enthusiastic feedback. In fact, sales of the Thai translations of Kafka’s works after the festival soared significantly, according…

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