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'Choreographer Keerati Jinakunwiphat Invites Us Into Her Process'
"Despite working with companies far and wide, Jinakunwiphat's dancers always appear at home in her movements, in part because of her keen awareness of what it means to perform. She centers her process around facilitating a genuine connection onstage. The atmosphere she builds often feels more akin to members of a team than a hierarchical choreographer-dancer dynamic. "Camaraderie is something I always want to be present in my work, a reminder of the humanness of it all," said Jinakunwiphat in a recent conversation."
Photo by Alexander Diaz
'Work by Thai American dancemaker is milestone for New York City Ballet'
"The idea of rebirth takes wing in “Fortuitous Ash,” a dance created by 28-year-old choreographer Keerati Jinakunwiphat for the New York City Ballet. The work’s title alludes to the mythological phoenix, consumed by fire and reborn from its ashes."
"Set to music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, “Fortuitous Ash” represents the first time that choreography and music by female artists of Asian heritage have entered the NYCB repertory."
Photo by Erin Baiano
'How A.I.M Company Member and Choreographer Keerati Jinakunwiphat Uses Self-Reflection When Creating'
“I’m one of those people who loves the work, so I’m used to being busy and traveling. But spending time by myself and reflecting is important because it helps me to study my art and emphasize intentionality and clarity."
"“I like to live and present loudly and proudly of who I am, which is many things. Sometimes my work might not seem so blatantly ‘Asian’ to some people, but to me, it always is because it’s just who I am.”
Photo by Quinn Wharton
Additional Reviews & Interviews
'NYCB Dancers on Keerati Jiankuwniphat's Fortuitous Ash'
“We spoke with six of the nine originating cast members about Jinakunwiphat’s approach to the creative and rehearsal processes, her unique choreographic voice and vocabulary, and what this momentous work means—broadly, and to each of them.”
Photo by Erin Biano
'Live from New York: Keerati Jinakunwiphat
"That was something that was really important to me, just bringing myself to it and not necessarily feeling pressured to make a 'ballet' ballet, but make something with ballet dancers with still, of course, respect for the art form. It was important for me to stay true to myself."
Photo by Maru Teppei
Styling by Fiona Green
'Meet Our 2021 "25 to Watch'
"As a dancer, Jinakunwiphat deftly captures Abraham’s signature vocabulary—limbs sweeping and slicing through the air—while bringing her own steady gaze and distinctive presence. Big Rings illustrated her attention as a choreographer to nuance in shaping group dynamics, as well as a knack for creating a fully articulated world onstage.."
Photo by Jayme Thornton