Realness: Luk Kreung
Realness: Luk Kreung is about sex sirens, with elements of vogue and ballroom culture by the black and latino LGBTQ+ community in New York, as well as Buddhism, Thai politics and culture. Phitthaya Phaefuang is inspired by the concept of gender and chooses to express the story of his mother’s past as a sex worker.
Luk Kreung literally means ‘half child’ and is a term used to describe those who are born with one Thai parent and one parent of another heritage. Phaefuang is Luk Kreung because his mother is Thai and his father is French. There was a time where being Luk Kreung was stigmatised because their mothers usually worked in the sex industry. However it is a history that is mostly forgotten and it is not discussed much anymore. Many Luk Kreungs are being used in the entertainment industry (television, film and music) because of their exotic and different facial features. As a Luk Kreung, a child of someone who used to be a sex worker, Phaefuang chooses to express openly his mother’s past through gender performance, catwalk, sex sirens, voguing, dharma practice and walking meditation. This piece is a gift to his mother. It is a piece about having understanding and deep insights in suffering and compassion.
This performance involves nudity and painted bodies.
Choreography und Performance: Phitthaya Phaefuang (Sun)