Creative dramatic arts dance: Chompoo Phet Sai Rung

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Siriwat Kamgert


Chompoo Phet Sai Rung is the well-known local rose apple of Phetchaburi. However, no one has ever taken its identity to create a performing dance. Therefore, the researcher intended to bring this idea to create a symbolic dance for Phetchaburi province by having the purposes to; 1) determine the identity and characteristic of Chompoo Phet Sai Rung and 2) create a performing dance of Chompoo Phet Sai Rung.The participants were the people who had the rose apple orchards with more than 40-year experienced in Nong Sanoe Sub-district, Mueang Phetchaburi District, the original growing area of the Chompoo Phet Sai Rung.The qualitative data were collected for synthesizing the base of the Chompoo Phet Sai Rung dance design and creation. Triangulation process was used for data validation. The design of the dance and performance practice were comment and criticized by the experts for improvement and finalization.

The results were as follows:

  1. 1.The identity and characteristic of Chompoo Phet Sai Rung was revealed that the fruit shape looks like a bell curve with light green and light to dark pink from top to lower part and dark green from the bottom to the middle of it. The pink color shade is varied by the cool weather. The fruit also has light-to-dark pink vertical stripe around the rose apple called “Sen Rung” or rainbow lines, which became the name of this rose apple. In addition, its meat is juicy crispy with sweetness more than 11 degree Brix. More importantly, its bottom sepals are curled in closely forming a small hole. Also, the fruit is hollow containing 1 - 3 seeds of it inside.         

  2. 2. The form of the performing dance of Chompoo Phet Sai Rung created in this study applied combination of Thai performing arts and Indian “Kathak” style because India is the origin of rose apple of the world. The performance dance consisted of 3 parts;

the first part depicted the plant nursery, the second one was the dance, and the third part was the harvesting. The dance lasted 8 minutes. The background music was composed with a contemporary style of Thai and Indian’s culture. The dance was composed of 5 male and 6 female dancers. The features of the rose apple was designed for the costume; green and pink for eye-lid makeup, earrings, necklace, and skirt. Hairpin was made portraying the pollen of the rose apple. The tree bark and leaves were uses for designing shirt and blouse. Bamboo scaffolding and wrap-cloth were used as props.

The research results showed that presenting the locality iconic identity as the creative of art performance could effect to the community positively. This creative performance dance could be a part of Phetchaburi provincial annual festive and other events, which serve as promotion and praise of the local’s identity.


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