- About the residency
WORK IN-RESIDENCE: “REALNESS: LUK KREUNG”
Based on the category: Sex sirens, from vogue and ballroom culture by the black and latino LGBTQ community in New York, Buddhism, Thai politics and culture, and gender as a concept, I have chosen to express the story of my mum´s past as sex worker. «Luk Kreung» is a terminology to describe those who are born half Thai and have another heritage. I am «luk kreung» because my mum is Thai and father is French. There was a time being «luk kreung» was a stigma, because their mothers usually had worked with sex work. But it is a history that is kinda forgotten and is not much discussed anymore. Many «luk kreungs» are being used in show business, on TV, movies, music industry because of their exotic and different facial features that attract a lot of people. As a « luk kreng», a child of someone who used to be a sex worker, I choose to express openly my mums past through gender performance, catwalk, sex sirens, voguing, dharma practice and walking meditation.
This performance is like a gift from me to my mum. Is a performance about having understanding and deep insights in suffering and compassion.
THE NORDIC RESIDENCY EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
In the Nordic Residency Exchange Programme, five major performing arts houses in the northern Europe collaborate to exchange artists once a year. Each house sends out a local artist to a partner and receives an artist from one of the other partners (from either Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland or Iceland). These residencies are selected by the partners and can not be applied for.
The Nordic Residency Exchange Programme is funded by the Nordic Culture Point and the Nordic Culture Fund and is supported by Bora Bora Residency Centre, BIT Teatergarasjen, MDT Stockholm, Reykjavik Dance Festival and Zodiak.