Necromancy for Beginners 

 

Necromancy for Beginners is a new multimedia music theater led by Studio M.A.R.S. and composer Piyawat Louilarppasert, in collaboration with Thailand Music and Art Organization (TMAO) and Taceti Ensemble. 

 

 

In both Asian and European storytelling traditions, the stories of spirits, ghosts and other worldly beings hold a strong importance in their culture. These stories, now often forgotten in the narratives of the contemporary world, will be re-explored and retold in a new immersive multimedia music project. Necromancy for Beginners hopes to take the audience on a journey between the worlds of the living and the non-living. Proposed as a part concert, part seance, part artificial reality, part storytelling, part A.I, Necromancy for Beginners aims to create a new work that blends the traditional with the modern, and explores how the digital realm can be seen as a metaphor for the spiritual realm and vice versa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A series of ritualistic seances are performed by a group of musicians. These rituals

are inspired by the ten rituals of “Khon reīyk p̄ hī” (คนเรียกผี) from Thai culture, ways that have deep similarities to European traditions of Necromancy. Each scene is designed to evoke the spirit of one ghost, mediated through a series of performative actions and narrative stories that are based upon characteristics of that ghost. Each ghost is taken from either local Thai stories like Kuman Thong, Hun Phayon, Khwai Thanu Nang Tani, Phi Am.

 

 

In a new digital staged environment created by Studio M.A.R.S., Dr. Marcus Doering PMD-ART, and visual artist Kittiphun Janbuala, a fully interactive video mapped space becomes the playground for this exciting new hybrid work, that blends music performance, ritual and theater. With its distinctive music language and performance, it aims to break down boundaries between humans and spirits, real and surreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Necromancy for Beginners is a new multimedia music theater that amalgamates artistic disciplines among contemporary music concert, performing arts, immersive theatre with advanced video-mapping technology. The goal of this production is to create a conversation and dialogue through the context of Thai superstitions, and the use of digital technology as a medium.  

 

Necromancy for Beginners is supported by Goethe Institut International Coproduction Fund. It will be fully presented during 20 - 25th of December 2022 at Bangkok Art and Culture Center as a main program of the Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium.  

 

 

Music Director: Piyawat Louilarpprasert

Technology/Sound Design: Wen Liu

Stage Design: Martin Butler

Visual/Digital Artists: Kittiphun Junbuala,  Thanapat Ogaslert

Technology Design: Marcus Doering

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