Ronnarong Khampha (“Ong”) is a dancer/choreographer from the Lanna region (Northern Thailand, centered on the city of Chiangmai). He studied Lanna Dance since he was young in his village, and graduated with an honors degree in Thai arts from Chiang Mai University in 2005.


Although his background is traditional, Ong is active in contemporary dance.  He has developed his own style using traditional dance as the base, venturing into contemporary aesthetics. Ong studied Javanese and Balinese dance in Solo (Surakarta) in Indonesia for two years (2006-08), and uses Indonesian motifs to augment his contemporary work.


From 2001 until now, Ong has performed as percussionist with Changsaton Group, Chiangmai’s leading musical group specializing in traditional and contemporary Lanna music. Ong has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia, with a variety of artists from Thailand, America, Japan, and Indonesia (see list of performances below).


Ong also gives master classes, recently teaching Lanna Dance to international exchange students at Payap University, in Chiangmai (March-April 2010).On 2010 Ong received a grant from Nippon Foundation’s API  (Asian Public Intellectuals) Fellowship, to do research in Japan (August 2010 - January 2011) and Indonesia (February - July 2011). Now he received the Asian Cultural Council a four-month fellowship in America and participates in the summer 2013 International Choreographers Residency at American Dance Festival.



Education


2001 May - 2005 Mar   Chiangmai University Graduated with B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialty: Thai Art) HONS



Award


2013 Jun - 2013 Sep    Received the Asian Cultural Council a four-month fellowship in America.


2010 Jul - 2011 Jul      Received a grant from Nippon Foundation’s API (Asian Public Intellectuals) Fellowship, to do research in Japan (August 2010 - January 2011) and Indonesia (February - July 2011).


2010 Feb                      Received Asian-Pacific Performance Exchange APPEX 2010 Fellowship


2006 Aug - 2008 Jul    Received scholarship from Indonesia’s national Dramasiswa to study traditional Indonesian dance (Javanese and Balinese), at Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) university in Solo (Surakarta), Indonesia



Employment


2010 October              Taught Lanna Traditional Dance for Kyoto Seika student and Public at Kyoto Seika University, Japan (in API 2010 project).


2010 Mar – Apr           Taught Lanna Traditional Dance, for Thai and Southeast Asian Studies International Affairs / South East Asian Institute of Global Studies at Payap University, Chiang Mai


2005 – 2006                 Curator Assistant , Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Hotel, Chiang Mai.


2004 – present            Instructor of Lanna dance and music, at Origin Asia Program of Traditional Arts (Chiang Mai and Bangkok).Since August 2009, permanent staff of Origin Asia.


2004 - present             Musician (Percussion) in Changsaton (Musical group specializing in traditional, northern Thai and contemporary music, Director: Thitipol Kanteewong)

Photo by : Alex Kerr