An evening out to catch the KAAN Show Pattaya at the SINGHA D’LUCK Cinematic Theatre is an absolute visual delight.
KAAN, a state-of-the-art audio-visual stunner reimagines six famous Thai legends. Brilliantly choreographed with a cast of over 90 actors, aerial acrobats, 6 baby elephants and a horse!
The twists and turns of this epic production with projection mapping, moving sets, eight-meter animatronics and aerial silk is mind blowing.
I watched with my mouth open and marvelled at the ingenuity of the seamless incredible special effects, talented actors, superb lighting and a pitch perfect sound system.
The show is modern, funny and relevant. Kaan even plays with his smart phone in several scene and his messages always buzz at the most inappropriate time.
Needless to say the intricate and elaborate costumes are well designed for performance as the actors and acrobats tumble around without any wardrobe malfunction.
Inspired by folklores and the famous Thai literatures, including Ramayana, Prince Apai Mani, Krai Thong and others, the show seamlessly stich together these epic stories.
This is story telling at its best. The use of special effects draws the audience into the art audio-visual stunner adventure with KAAN.
Six famous Thai legends are reimaged into an “A Spectacular Cinematic Live Experience” as we traverse the imaginary worlds. The protagonist Kaan is dragged inside a story book that bears his name and is lost in another dimension.
Kaan is tasked with his sidekick ‘Gabilpuksa’ to help the heroes of popular Thai folklores. They have to wager everything they have to find a way to return to the mortal world.
Each time Kaan is successful in helping an ancient hero, he is given an amulet. The amulets forms a key that will help him return home.
KAAN gives new life to famous Thai folktales—Phra Aphai Mani (The Wrath of the Sea Giantess), Phra Suthorn-Manorah (The Colors of Himmavanta), Manimekhala-Ramasura (The Chase of Lightning), Sangthong (The Wager for the Ivory Kingdom), Kraithong (The Underwater Abyss) and Ramakien (The Cataclysm).
The show narrows the gap between the conventional stage and the cinematic world experience.
The magical scenes are similar to the cinematic world of Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean and even Power Rangers.
There are unexpected acts, aerial acrobatics, street dance and martial arts performed by award-wining B-boy dancers and members of the national gymnastics team.
There are dancing elephants who the director assures us that they live happily when not performing. I watched carefully and noticed that the elephants are highly trained. Their matadors only need to tug at their ears or motion with their hands.
KAAN show exceeds our expectation with the visual adaptation. It is a show for adults and children to enjoy.
As for me, I was thrilled with the unexpected twists and turns and visual effects. I remember telling my companions that this is a show that Malaysian would say, “Die die must go!”
Plenty of car park if you choose to drive. Alternatively you could book a taxi or take a shuttle bus.
Tickets are slightly on the expensive side. For a performance of this magnitude and complexity, it is well worth it. Do check the website for deals available.
The best seats in the house are in the cloud section, where plenty of action happens right before your eyes. This is highly recommended.
SINGHA D’LUCK Cinematic Theatre
168/8 Moo 12 Thepprasit Road,
Nongprue, Banglamung, Chon Buri, Thailand 20260
Tel.: +66 2 029 0092, +66 33 045 162
Fax. : +66 33 045 168