In 2005, French choreographer Jérôme Bel stirred up controversy when his troupe performed "The Show Must Go On" at the Pantages Theater. Some audience members walked out mid-show, shaking their heads at the seemingly confounding sight of people dancing badly to pop music onstage. Others held their lighted cell phones aloft, rock-concert style, and gave a hearty standing ovation that surpassed the Minnesota-nice tendency to spring out of the seat for just about anything. Bel's coming back, and although "Pichet Klunchun and Myself" sounds a bit less provocative, the concept is still intriguing. Klunchun, a classical Thai dance master, and Bel attempt to bridge the differences in their backgrounds through a conversation involving movement and words. A conceptual performance that does more than contrast dance styles and cultural norms in a sociological context, it instead showcases the artists' aesthetic intersections and counterpoints in personality through their wit, intelligence, and virtuosity.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 14. Continues through Nov. 15, 2007