Thanapol Virulhakul

The Retreat: gallery drift

OCTOBER 27TH, 2018


Thanapol Virulhakul began to pursue his passion for dance and performing arts by studying dance extensively after graduated from Thammasat University in Film and Photography. With his great curiosity about the concept and function of dance as a movement deeply related to human perception to themselves and the world, Virulhakul has continually created subversive and disturbing dance performances to investigate his interests and questions. The Retreat: gallery drift is the second chapter of “The Retreat,” a studio–based choreographic research process to develop a prototype of methods and activities specifically for a dancer in order to create a special dance score as a form of retreat practiced in daily life. Directed by Virulhakul, the score encourages a dancer to confront the horror of being disturbed both physically and mentally by the Other, with the aim of arriving at new understandings and relationships through the body with strangers and otherness, and in particular to encounter personal prejudices that vthe dancer is perhaps unaware of. The methods and practices in the dance score will range from practical comprehensible routines to fictional unthinkable events.