Dance and Theater
Traditional Thai Theater consist of six dramatics forms:
Khon - formal masked dance-drama depicting scenes from the Ramakain (the Thai Version of India's Ramayana) and only perform on the royal court performances.
Lakorn - a general term covering several types of dance-drama (usually for non-royal occasions) as well as Western theatre.
Li-keh (Likay) - a partly improvised, often bawdy folk play featuring dancing, comedy, melodrama, and music.
Manohraa or Nora - this is southern Thailand' s equivalent to Likeh and is the oldest surviving Thai dance drama. The basic story line bears some similarities to the Ramayana.
Nang - limited in southern Thailand - in which two - dimensional figures are manipulated between a cloth screen and a light source at nighttime performances - has been a Southeast Asian traditional for perhaps five centuries.
Lakorn Lek or Hun Luang - Like Khon, was once reserved for court performances Meter-high marionettes made of Khoi paper and wire, wearing elaborate costumes modeled on those of those the Khon, are used to convey similar themes, music and dance movements.