‘I Don’t Care’: Identity in play at German-Thai performance

Photo: B-Floor Theatre/Courtesy
Photo: B-Floor Theatre/Courtesy

Thai and German performers will bring the stories of eight transgender people to the stage at the premiere of I Don’t Care starting Thursday and continuing the next weekend. 

The collaboration between experimental troupe B-Floor Theatre and Munich’s Residenztheater brings to the stage body movement and visual media based on interviews with eight trans people in both countries.

“With differences in context and society, eight trans people from Thailand and Germany have striven to find a way towards self-identification, driven by an urgency for clarity yet not without a sense of uncertainty,” organizers said. “Some made decisions in childhood and adolescence; others in puberty or in a partnership, all against the daily pressure and vulnerability that prevented them from transforming into the person they really wanted to be.”

The performance aims to show the stories of the subjects who are all from different backgrounds and social contexts yet encounter similar problems and struggles.

The production is directed by Thailand’s Jarunun Phantachat and Anna-Elizabeth Frick  of Germany and includes the work of a Thai documentary filmmaker and German writer.

The eight performances begin at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday, and Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 at the Jim Thompson Art Center.

The audience will get the opportunity to talk to the directors and crew after the show this Friday and again on Sept. 23. After Bangkok, the production will be staged next month in Munich.

Tickets start at THB750 and are available online. The Jim Thompson Art Center is located on  Soi Kasem San 2, about a 10-minute walk from BTS National Stadium. 

FIND IT:

I Don’t Care ไม่ว่าอย่างไร (World Premiere)
7:30pm, Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25 
The Jim Thompson Art Center
10/1 Soi Kasem San 2

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