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Ramkien Unplugged

by Philip Cornwel-Smith

Sita (ballerina Sarawanee Tanatanit) unmasks demon princess Benjakai as male dancer/choreographer Phichet Klunchun.

All photos by Philip Cornwel-Smith.

When you look, warns Buddhism, don't impose your own illusory construction - or you'll suffer. Concluding the 2006 Lincoln Center Festival, the revisionist Thai drama Ramakien: A Rak Opera (July 28-30) explored the consequences of self-delusion through what Thai theater calls a "sacred puzzle."

Producer Tim Carr enlisted Thai rock, dance and art luminaries, including artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (SEE P. 89 and ALMANAC 1: Five Artists), here making his…

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