Lakhon

Lakhon dance drama is less formal than Khon and the actors do not wear masks. Lakhon plots are drawn mainly from the Ramakien, the Jatakas, and folk stories. Dance movements are graceful, sensual, and fluid, the upper torso and hands being particularly expressive with conventionalized movements portraying specific emotions.

The Lakhon can be divided into three types, namely Lakhon Chatri, Lakhon Nok, and Lakhon Nai.

Simplest of all in form and presentation, Lakhon Chatri is often seen at popular shrines, such as Bangkok's City Pillar where dancers are hired to perform for the shrine deity by supplicants whose wishes have been granted. Lakhon Nai drama was originally presented only by court ladies in the palace. It is graceful, romantic, and highly stylized. Lakhon Nok plays, on the other hand, are performed outside the palace and acted only by men. Filled with lively music, off color humor, and rapid, animated movements, Lakhon Nok is the ancestor of the enormously popular Li-ke folk theater, which is still a feature of many provincial festivals