A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
This episode of Earth Diaries takes us to Thailand, where we meet dance instructor Charuayporn Savasatit. It’s incredible to learn how much goes into the seemingly simple gestures and movements of this type of dance. Feelings, she says, are expressed in the eyes, in the face, and in hand gestures. We learn how happiness is expressed (hand to the mouth, all fingers fanned open) as well as what indicates anger (a brush of the hand against the cheek). Charuayporn explains the training each student embarks upon to learn and perform the intricate movements of Thai dance. Even the costumes take months to complete. “Thai dance is important to my life,” she says. “It makes me happy. When you are happy, you look young. That’s why I love Thai dance so much.”
Produced by Cynthia Younker
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