We move a small part of Thailand, the hotspot of sextourism, to Copenhagen: A Thai hotel room and a sex worker, who reconstructs her life – with the audience as her customers. An extremely intimate performance on a global topic told through touches, smells, sounds and the close encounter with another human being.
Ping Pong normally lives in the Thai city of Chiang Mai and has been a sex worker with Thai and Western men as customers, friends, boyfriends and relations for 20 years. She takes part in our sensual and playful exploration of what sextourism is and what it tells us about our world and our identity. Why do so many people travel so far for an intimate relation?
Ten audiences enter a Thai hotel room with Ping Pong as host. One by one, they take part in reliving her previous encounters with customers. She directs the audiences and guides them through the episodes. What happens when two people meet in a beer bar in Thailand?
This is a performance about sex of course, but also about our basic needs, like love and intimacy.
The project is supported by Danish Arts Council, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg and Konsul George Jorcks og hustru Emma Jorcks Fond.
Love Theater was performed 2-23 May 2015 at Pumpestationen in Copenhagen.
“This is a strong experience – and a close encounter.” Kulturtid
“The performance challenges your ideas about dirty sex tourism and thai prostitutes.”Politiken
Cast Ping Pong (born Thanta Laovilawanyakul)
Concept and directing Tue Biering og Jeppe Kristensen
Set design Sille Dons Heltoft
Sound design Rasmus Kreiner
Light design David Abad
Stage manager Christine Seierstad
Production manager Maiken Bruun-Aamodt
Props Josephine Else Larsen
Carpenters Johan Brandt Richard, Lina Gallo, Rasmus Fredborg
Painter Niels Bruun-Aamodt
Assistant Anna Ida Pezzot
Intern Holger Skriver
Light and sound operator Bjarke Jepsen & Michael Roger
Producers Ane Bank og Søren Norman Hansen
Consultant Hanne Thornager
Communikation & PR Karen Toftegaard
Grafic, photo og poster Søren Meisner
Thanks to Dansk Skuespillerforbund, Hofor, Teater Zeppelin, Steen Reiter. A special thanks to Kasper Ravnhøj.
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