After studying film and photography at Thammasat University, Thanapol Virulhakul began to be involved in conceptual dance performances as a dancer, choreographer and director. In his various projects, he attempts to question human perceptions of themselves and the world.
Since 2013, he has been co-artistic director of the Democrazy Theatre Studio in Bangkok. Recent works include Hipster the King (2014), which received three awards from the Thai Centre of the International Association of Theatre Critics and toured Germany and Japan, Girl X (2015), a collaboration with Suguru Yamamamoto (Japan), and Happy Hunting Ground (2016), a co-production with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany).
He is still working on how the body in a work of art can create political tensions between people. He uses specific circumstances and models in various forms as a choreographic approach to challenge the personal mythology of spectators formed by different contexts and models embodied in everyday life.
Coming up at SIFA
SIFA X: INTERMISSION
SIFA collaborates with the Bangkok International Performing Arts Market and Georgetown Festival to reunite veteran folk music artist Champa Saenprom with fearless contemporary dancer Vidura Amranand.