The creation of a performance for promoting the cultural identity of U-Thong District, Suphanburi Province

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Nathabha Nathayanawin
Manutsawee Srirachlao
Yutthana Amrarong
Akhawit Ruengrong
Kulsirin Aphiratvoradej

Abstract

This research is a creative and qualitative research of which objectives are to study and collect information about the cultural identity of U-Thong District, Suphanburi Province, and to create a performance which promotes the cultural identity of the district. Research explores the concepts, theories, and related performances. The research instruments include a document survey, area, ethnic group interview form, community observation form, video and focus group discussion with public sector experts, community sector, general informant. The data were analyzed and synthesized. The findings are as follows: 1. For the information about the cultural identity of U-Thong District, Suphanburi Province, it is found that the identity of U-Thong Ancient City is in connection with Dvaravati Civilization. 2. It is found that the creation of a performance for promoting the cultural identity of U-Thong District, Suphanburi Province, can be divided into six components. The first component is performance script which presents the cultural identity of U-Thong District, Suphanburi. The second component is the casting process. Performers who have performance skills, and ability to sing E-Saew songs will be chosen. The third component is choreography. Movements were designed and presented through a mixture of Thai and contemporary performances. The fourth one is sound design, including the composition of E-Saew songs as the introduction to the story and the sound of Khene (a Lao mouth organ) as the main melody telling the story following different feelings and emotions. The fifth component is about props. They will be designed and presented through the concept of semiology which can be communicated in different ways. Finally, costume design is the last component. This conveys a sign appearing in the performance and wearing dresses of each ethnic group. The future development guideline would be adapting the creation of a performance which is the result of the research to be a model for promoting the cultural identity of other provinces in Thailand.

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